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~`+`~SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT~`+`~
~`+`~SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT~`+`~
The biblical narrative of Pentecost is given in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Present were about one hundred twenty followers of Christ (Acts 1:15), including his core group of twelve Disciples (Acts 1:13, 26), his mother Mary and various other women disciples (Acts 1:14). Their reception of Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room is recounted in Acts 2:1–6:
" And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. "
While those on whom the Spirit had descended were speaking in many languages, the Apostle Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy ("I will pour out my spirit") In Acts 2:17, it reads: "'And in the last days,' God says, 'I will pour out my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams." He also mentions (2:15) that it was the third hour of the day (about 9:00 AM). Acts 2:41 then reports: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
Peter stated that this event was the beginning of a continual outpouring that would be available to all believers from that point on, Jews and Gentiles alike.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are granted to us through sanctifying grace. In this prayer, which is part of the famous Novena to the Holy Ghost recited every year between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, we ask Christ, Who promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, to send His Spirit to us that we may receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the
Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples,
deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the
work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom,
that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after
the things that are eternal;
the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of
Your Divine Truth;
the Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing
God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear
my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage
all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge,
that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of
the Saints; the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God
sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear, that I may be filled
with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to
displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples
and animate me in all things with Your Spirit Amen
Although the New Testament does not refer to Isaiah 11:1-2 regarding these gifts, Roman Catholicism teaches that initiates receive them at Baptism, and that they are strengthened at Confirmation, so that one can proclaim the truths of the faith:
"The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace." For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged
to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit...
The Catechism of the Catholic Church presents the seven gifts as follows:
it is the capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones;
in understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person
with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about
the right way to live.
The gift of understanding perfects a person's speculative reason
in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles
are known, Aquinas writes;
3)..Counsel (right judgment):
with the gift of counsel/right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong,
and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out
the values taught by Jesus;
with the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks
as a follower of Jesus Christ.
A person with courage is willing to stand up for what
is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or
The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required
both in doing good and in enduring evil;
with the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The gift of knowledge
is more than an accumulation of facts;
with the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect
for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God
and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Piety is the gift whereby,
at the Holy Spirit's instigation, we pay worship and duty to God as our Father,
7)..Fear of The Lord (wonder and awe):
with the gift of fear of the Lord we are aware of the glory and majesty of God.
A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire:
perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God.
He describes the gift as a "filial fear," like a child's fear of offending
his father, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a fear of punishment.
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10 ||
Proverbs 1:7;9:10) because it puts our mindset in correct location with respect to God:
we are the finite, dependent creatures, and He is the infinite, all-powerful Creator.