THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
What is the Holy Trinity?
One God in three Divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds. The Holy Spirit is the third divine Person of the Blessed Trinity, the personal love of Father and Son for each other.
What are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.
What is the Gift of Wisdom?
The Gift of Wisdom helps us not to seek perishable thing but to seek things that are eternal.We see the Gift of Wisdom expressed in the parables of Jesus.
With the Gift of Wisdom you can understand the deeper meaning of the ups and downs of your life. The Gift of Wisdom helps you to see God at work in your life.
The Gift of Wisdom helps you to pause before you make a decision and allow all of your gifts to come to play when you make a decision.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Wisdom?
What is the Gift of Understanding?
The Gift of Understanding the Spirit helps us to know God, to know ourselves, and to know the sure and certain path to heaven.
With the Gift of Understanding you won't become confused by all the conflicting messages in our contemporary culture about the right way to live because you understand how you need to live as a follower of Jesus.
We see the Gift of Understanding in Jesus' compassion to the poor and sick and in His forgiveness of sinners.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Understanding?
What is the Gift of Counsel?
The Gift of Counsel is a gift by which the Spirit guides us to make the right choices and to avoid the many pitfalls and dangers on the road to holiness.
We see the Gift of Counsel and Right Judgement when Jesus was tested by the Pharisees.
The Gift of Counsel will help you to avoid sin because you know the difference between right and wrong and are able to make the right judgement.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Counsel?
What is the Gift of Fortitude?
The Gift of Fortitude will help us to overcome the obstacles that we find along the way to sanctification.
We see the Gift of Fortitude and Courage in Jesus when He went to Jerusalem knowing that the fate of the cross awaited Him.
The Gift of Fortitude will give you the courage to stand up for the Gospel of Life that rejects it and ridicules it.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Fortitude?
What is the Gift of Knowledge?
The Gift of Knowledge allows you know the truth of our faith and to always be trying to learn more about the scriptures and the Traditions of the Catholic Church.
We see the Gift of Knowledge with Jesus knowing the will of the Father.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Knowledge?
What is the Gift of Piety?
The Gift of Piety is to want to worship God and to recognize that we need to completely rely on God.
We see the Gift of Piety in Jesus' reverence for His heavenly Father.
The Gift of Piety is the gift of confidence in God. No matter what we don't have to worry because if God is with us who can be against us.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Piety?
What is the Fear of the Lord?
The Gift of Fear of the Lord is also known as Awe for God. It is fearing not what God might do to us but fearing that we might in some way displease God who has loved us so.
We see the Gift of Fear of the Lord also known as Awe for God in the way Jesus showed awe for the wonders of creation, the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
The Gift of Fear of the Lord is also referred to as Awe for God because God is all powerful. This gift helps us to realize that only God can complete us and give us true happiness then we become fearful of losing that through sin.
Can you give some examples of times in your life when you applied the Gift of Fear of the Lord?
"The gifts of wisdom, knowledge, counsel, and understanding
the Holy Spirit shapes our mind and the way we think and put information together.
Through the gifts of fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord,
the Holy Spirit shapes your will,
so that you choose to use what you learn and think
for the purposes God is calling you to do."
~ St. Thomas Aquinas
What are the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness,
Faithfulness, Modesty, Self Control, and Chastity.
By making the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit part of your everyday life you will receive the Fruits of the Spirit which are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal life.
What is the Fruit of Charity?
The Fruit of CHARITY is a gift to us from God, wrapped in sanctifying grace.
The reward of charity is that we abide in Christ’s love by following His commandment when He said, that you love one another as I have loved you.
What is the Fruit of Joy?
The Fruit of JOY is the wonderful sense aroused in our soul by the expectation or possession of some good.
What is the Fruit of Peace?
The benefit of the Fruit of PEACE is the tranquility and serenity that comes from your works of justice and the effects of your charity.
What is the Fruit of Patience?
With the Fruit of PATIENCE we are able to endure hardship without the sadness or resentment that the rest of the world experiences.
What is the Fruit of Kindness?
The Fruit of KINDNESS gives you the Christ-like qualities of understanding, sympathy and concern for others in need.
What is the Fruit of Goodness?
The reward of the Fruit of GOODNESS is that you know you are being consistent with God’s will for us.
What is the Fruit of Generosity?
We also receive the Fruit of GENEROSITY from giving to others.
What is the Fruit of Gentleness?
GENTLENESS is the Fruit of the Spirit that is a perfection of love from avoiding unnecessary actions that might provoke anger or resentment.
What is the Fruit of Faithfulness?
The Fruit of FAITHFULNESS is the assurance of things hoped for, our firm belief in God and all that He has revealed to us through Holy Mother Church.
What is the Fruit of Modesty?
MODESTY is the Fruit of the Spirit that is grounded in humility, which reminds us of our true worth before God.
What is the Fruit of Self Control?
Sons of God, as exemplified by Jesus Christ and the apostles, are models of lives filled with the Fruit of SELF CONTROL under the guiding hand of God without relinquishing their free moral agency.
What is the Fruit of Chastity?
The Fruit of CHASTITY helps to prevent the defilement of our soul by having pure thoughts and acts that are consistent with Church teaching about the use of our reproductive powers. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.'
What are some of the Benefits we receive from the Holy Spirit?
1. Romans 8:14-17
2. The Holy Spirit gives us courage.
3. With the Holy Spirit you know that you can take a step of faith.
4. A certitude that one is on the right path to accomplish everything God wants.
5. The gift of knowing that our life has meaning and tremendous purpose.
Can you name some of the Symbols of the Holy Spirit?
Water, fire, dove, anointing, the seal, the hand, and the finger.
Why is water a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
Water: Water symbolizes the Holy Spirit's action at Baptism. The gestation of our birth took place in water and at Baptism we are immersed in water symbolizing our new birth into the divine live.
Why is fire a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
Fire: On the Day of Pentecost the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit and in the form of tongues of fire the Holy Spirit rests on them. Fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit.
Why is dove a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
Dove: The Dove symbol comes from the Gospels as we see Jesus being Baptized and the Heavens being parted as the Dove comes down upon Him and the Father saying, "Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased." Luke 3:21-22
Why is anointing a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
Anointing. The symbolism of anointing with oil also signifies the Holy Spirit. CCC 695
Cloud and light. These two images occur in together in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit (throughout the bible). CCC 697
Why is seal a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
The seal is a symbol close to that of anointing. The seal indicates the indelible effect of the anointing with the Holy Spirit in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. CCC 698
Why is hand a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
The hand. Jesus heals the sick and blesses little children by laying hands on them. In his name the apostles will do the same. Even more pointedly, it is by the Apostles' imposition of hands that the Holy Spirit is given. CCC 699
Why is finger a symbol of the Holy Spirit?
The finger. "It is by the finger of God that Jesus cast out demons. God's law was written on tablets of stone "by the finger God." CCC 700
What are some of the names of the Holy Spirit?
Paraclete / Advocate and Spirit of Truth.
Why is Paraclete a name of the Holy Spirit?
Paraclete (Advocate)- The Holy Spirit consoles us and helps us.
Why is Spirit of Truth a name of the Holy Spirit?
Spirit of Truth- The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth because He brings us to the truth of what the Lord is all about and what His teachings are all about.
"In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you can also transform
your families, communities and nations. Set free the gifts!"
~ Pope Benedict XVI
“Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.”
~ Saint Lucy
“…the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation
is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit
as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.”
How to be Strengthened by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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