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Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Spirit of God is given to us through the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist).  We believe the Holy Spirit:

« Lives in us

« Acts through us

« Assists us

« Strengthens us

« Guides us


The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom – The gift of wisdom perfects a person’s speculative reason in matters of judgment about the truth

Understanding – 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”

Knowledge – The gift of knowledge perfects a person’s practical reason in matters of judgment about the truth

Counsel – Also called “Right Judgment.”  The gift of counsel perfects a person’ practical reason in the apprehension of truth and allows the person to respond prudently, “moved through the research of reason”

Fortitude – Also called “Courage.”  The gift of fortitude allows people the “firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil, especially with regard to goods or evils that are difficult”

Piety – Also called “reverence.”  Piety is the gift “whereby, at the Holy Spirit’s instigation, we pay worship and duty to God a our Father”

Fear of the Lord – Also called “Wonder and Awe in God.”  This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God.  He describes the fit as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a “servile fear.” that is a fear of punishment

Holy Spirit and Confirmation

While you receive the Holy Spirit during Confirmation, it isn't the first time.  You first received the Holy Spirit during Baptism.  Confirmation seals the fullness of the Spirit within you.  It completes the sanctifying grace of the gifts.



"What the soul is to man's body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church.  The Holy Spirit does in the whole Church what the soul does in the members of the one body."

St. Augustine


Additional Resources to Learn about these Gifts

American Catholic - Article entitled, "What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit received at Confirmation?"

Catholic Education Resource Center - Article entitled, "The Holy Spirit in the Sacraments."

Crossroads Initiative - Article entitled, "Feast of Pentecost:  Gifts and Charisms of the Holy Spirit."


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