The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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A PowerPoint presentation on the 7 gifts and 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit as understood and taught by the Catholic Church. Presented at Holy Family of JMJ Catholic Church RCIA in Victoria, TX on April 15, 2013 by Father Bob Knippenberg

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The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit “And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” (Acts 2:4)

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him….” (Is 11:2a)

Traditional Gifts:

Traditional Gifts Cf. Isaiah 11:2-3 Wisdom ( Sapientia ) Understanding ( Intellectus ) Counsel ( Consilium ) Fortitude ( Fortitudo ) Knowledge ( Scientia ) Piety ( Pietas ) Fear of the Lord ( Timor Domini )

The Ideal Davidic King:

The Ideal Davidic King “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. 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. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted.” (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Gifts according to St. Paul:

Gifts according to St. Paul Cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 Expression of wisdom Expression of knowledge Faith Healing Miracles Prophecy Discerning spirits Speaking in tongues Interpretation of tongues

Traditional Gifts:

Traditional Gifts We will concern ourselves with the Isaian gifts Wisdom ( Sapientia ) Understanding ( Intellectus ) Counsel ( Consilium ) Fortitude ( Fortitudo Knowledge ( Scientia ) Piety (Pietas) Fear of the Lord (Timor Domini)

Wisdom:

Wisdom Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit, because it is the perfection of faith. Through wisdom, we come to value properly those things which we believe through faith. The truths of Christian belief are more important than the things of this world, and wisdom helps us to order our relationship to the created world properly, loving Creation for the sake of God, rather than for its own sake.

Understanding:

Understanding While wisdom is the desire to contemplate the things of God, understanding allows us to grasp, at least in a limited way, the very essence of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Through understanding, we gain a certitude about our beliefs that moves beyond faith.

Counsel:

Counsel Counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence. Prudence can be practiced by anyone, but counsel is supernatural. Through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we are able to judge how best to act almost by intuition. 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.

Fortitude:

Fortitude Fortitude is both a gift of the Holy Spirit and a cardinal virtue. Fortitude is ranked as the fourth gift of the Holy Spirit because it gives us the strength to follow through on the actions suggested by the gift of counsel. While fortitude is sometimes called courage , it goes beyond what we normally think of as courage. Fortitude is the virtue of the martyrs that allows them to suffer death rather than to renounce the Christian Faith.

Knowledge:

Knowledge The fifth gift of the Holy Spirit, knowledge, is often confused with both wisdom and understanding. Like wisdom, knowledge is the perfection of faith, but whereas wisdom gives us the desire to judge all things according to the truths of the Catholic Faith, knowledge is the actual ability to do so. Like counsel, it is aimed at our actions in this life. In a limited way, knowledge allows us to see the circumstances of our life the way that God sees them. Through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we can determine God's purpose for our lives and live them accordingly.

Piety:

Piety Piety, the sixth gift of the Holy Spirit, is the perfection of the virtue of religion. While we tend to think of religion today as the external elements of our faith, it really means the willingness to worship and to serve God. Piety takes that willingness beyond a sense of duty, so that we desire to worship God and to serve Him out of love, the way that we desire to honor our parents and do what they wish.

Fear of the Lord:

Fear of the Lord The seventh and final gift of the Holy Spirit is the fear of the Lord, and perhaps no other gift of the Holy Spirit is so misunderstood. We think of fear and hope as opposites, but the fear of the Lord confirms the theological virtue of hope. This gift of the Holy Spirit gives us the desire not to offend God, as well as the certainty that God will supply us the grace that we need in order to keep from offending Him. Our desire not to offend God is more than simply a sense of duty; like piety, the fear of the Lord arises out of love.

Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Fruits of the Holy Spirit “If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” (Gal 5:25)

Flesh vs. Spirit:

Flesh vs. Spirit Cf. Galatians 5:22-23 “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” “In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:19-25)

The Indwelling Spirit:

The Indwelling Spirit The twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the performance of such works is an indication that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian believer.

Fruits of the Spirit:

Fruits of the Spirit Charity Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness

Fruits of the Spirit:

Fruits of the Spirit Long-suffering Humility Fidelity Modesty Continence Chastity

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