THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
“The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1831-1832.
1st the gift of wisdom: in order to understand and judge rightly about God’s plans;
2nd the gift of understanding: in order to penetrate into the truth about God;
3rd the gift of counsel: to recognize and further God’s plans in particular acts;
4th the gift of fortitude: to overcome difficulties in Christian life;
5th the gift of knowledge: to grasp the order of created reality;
6th the gift of piety: to behave as children of God and in a fraternal manner towards all our brothers and sisters, being other Christs;
7th the gift of fear of the Lord: to reject all that could offend God, as a child would reject, through love, all that might offend his father.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit “are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory” ( Catechism, 1832). These are acts which the action of the Holy Spirit produces in our soul in a habitual way. The tradition of the Church enumerates twelve fruits: “love, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, self-control, chastity” (see Gal 5:22–23).
Spirit of Love, Creator and Sanctifier of souls, your first work in us is to transform us so that we resemble Jesus. Help me, Spirit of Love, to adapt myself to the pattern of Jesus, to think like Jesus, to speak like Jesus, to love like Jesus, to suffer like Jesus, to behave like Jesus.
Remain always in me and, by your grace and your cooperation, fulfill in me the designs of God the Father with respect to my soul. As you have governed the sacred humanity of our Lord during his stay upon earth, be also the moving power of my life, the Soul of my soul.
Holy Spirit, Spirit of Love, I consecrate myself to you; I give myself entirely to you. I abandon myself to you, through Mary, your temple, through Mary, your spouse, through Mary, channel of your graces
(Riaud, The Holy Spirit Acting in Our Souls).”
In the following days, we shall briefly present excerpts on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit from F. Fernandez Carvajal, In Conversation with God, vol. 2.
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