Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. Consequently, it also directs human acts according to the divine. How we encourage it: Our faith is full of signs and symbols that direct us toward that reverence. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon. A person with the Gift of Fear of the Lord understands who they are and why they are here in relationship to God; In other words, everything they are is due to the wonder, love, grace, and perfection of God.
As such, this gift is a special illumination, which enables the person to realize the emptiness of created things in themselves so that they do not become roadblocks to union with God. While the prophecy of Isaiah pertains specifically to the Messiah, the Tradition of the Church is that these gifts are extended to all of the faithful through the sacraments of Baptism and especially Confirmation Catechism, 1303. Given this basis, traditionally the seven gifts are listed as fear of the Lord, piety, knowledge, understanding, counsel, wisdom and fortitude. The key to developing these gifts in little ones is to facilitate their awareness in an age-appropriate way. Plus, there are many worksheets to help teach about the Holy Spirit, including two worksheets about Pentecost and , , and a few others about.
. In the Hebrew original six gifts are listed, and the last, fear, is mentioned twice: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, and fear of the Lord. Take your imagination to a new realistic level! The Holy Spirit is not just some ancient, nebulous being. This article is reprinted with permission from Arlington Catholic Herald. Verse Hebrew Masoretic English Greek Septuagint 11. The idea here is that these gifts help a person to share in the very life and nature of God, now in this life and for eternal life.
Folio from Walters manuscript W. In a limited way, knowledge allows us to see the circumstances of our life the way that God sees them. Because of the gift of counsel, Christians need not fear to stand up for the truths of the Faith, because the Holy Spirit will guide us in defending those truths. A way to benefit from this gift is to seek out church elders and priests who can provide spiritual guidance in time of need. It strengthens souls to despise sin and to practice virtue.
All for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls! In this sense, as St. The Gift of Fortitude Fortitude is another word for strength and refers to spiritual rather than physical strength. I could see the wheels turning behind those large, hazel eyes. In this post, we will look a little more deeply into the meaning and significance of each of these and consider how they can be nurtured in our spiritual lives. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. Fortitude This Gift of the Holy Spirit destroys all natural fear, timidity and human respect. Holy Spirit Memory The Holy Spirit reminds us; he reminds us of all that Jesus said.
There is a strain within Catholicism, as within Christianity in general, that focuses on the afterlife to the exclusion—and detriment—of this world, as if detachment from temporal things were alone a guarantee of eternal life. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. Father Saunders is the author of , a book based on 100 of his columns, and. Will this act lead to Heaven? The proper exercise of the gifts, in turn, produce the fruits of the Spirit in the life of the Christian: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, self-control, and chastity Gal. But do so in time! For example, the Gift of Wisdom gives value to martyrdom. The gift of Right Judgement, or Counsel, helps you seek advide and be open to the advice of others. Therefore, they are supernatural gifts operating in a supernatural mode or manner.
That which is immediately appealing to children may not always be of God. Of the two, childlike fear of God is the more noble and beautiful. As such, the Gift of Piety perfects the virtue of justice, enabling the individual to fulfill his obligations to God and neighbor; the person is not only motivated by the requirements of strict justice but also by the loving relationship he shares with his neighbor. As such, a person sees how to use created things rightly and even in a holy way. For this, we should never doubt in asking for his help.
The theoretical, intellectual virtues consist of philosophical wisdom , scientific or empirical knowledge , and intuitive understanding. Reverence also helps you to be respectful and generous to others. Just imagine how things would be if we could see the world how God sees!. Therefore, instead of seeing created things as obstacles to union with God, the soul views them as instruments for union with God. For example, through the Gift of Counsel, the Holy Spirit helps a person in a dilemma reconcile the necessity of guarding a secret with the obligation of speaking the truth. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. Right now you are deciding to reflect on your faith seriously.
It not only enlightens the mind, but also directs the heart to a purer, deeper love for God. It empowers us to oppose and overcome the enemies of our salvation and to live according to the will of God even in spite of temptation, difficulties and persecutions. In this sense, as St. And how can you love him more? Catholics teach that understanding can be practiced through learning their faith, and praying for, and carrying out God's purpose in life. One person said that with gifts and qualities such as these, we are equal to any task and capable of overcoming any difficulties.
Right judgment What it is: Also called counsel, right judgment is the gift that helps us discern good from evil. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. This gift also has great effects: preserving a good conscience, providing solution to difficult and unexpected situations, and helping to give counsel to others, especially in matters of personal sanctification and salvation. The challenge is being able to experience marvel, to be able to be surprised by the amazing nature that surrounds us and invites us to step outside of our egotistical world. With this openness, then we will be able see, to give good counsel, and to know how to act. It applies God's ideas to judge both created and divine matter.