THE 7 GIFTS
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that four of these gifts (wisdom, understanding, knowledge and counsel) direct the intellect, while the other three gifts (fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord or wonder and awe) direct the will toward God.
In baptism, we receive an infusion of all these gifts of the Holy Spirit but, like gifts under the Christmas tree, they must be opened and put to good use for their full potential to be realized. Otherwise, they operate on half speed, accomplishing only a fraction of what they were designed to fulfill.
Listed under the individual gifts below are many references from both Holy Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church for all Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
To view an extensive reference listing for all or each of the Gifts separately, please explore the 8 links below. Each page has a printer friendly option (all black and white and formatted with wide left margins for placing into a binder, etc, for reference).
1 But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. 2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God...17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
1831 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.109 They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.
1832 The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. the tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity."11