The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

When we received the spiritual seal of the Sacrament of Confirmation, we were marked with the sign of God the Father and so became “a soldier of Christ,” an imagery used by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem as far back as 350 AD.

One of the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation is that it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303).

  • Wisdom helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives.
  • Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God’s message.
  • Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God’s revelation, and also to recognize there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
  • Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God’s plan when we have choices that relate to him.
  • Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right.
  • Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion.
  • Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose.