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The Basic Values of the Catholic Church

The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Definitions of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Catholic Catechism 1831 

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit 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.


Spiritual Knowledge or Insight

Ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: INSIGHT

Good sense: JUDGMENT

A wise attitude, belief, or course of action


Spiritual Comprehension

Accepting and tolerant


Spiritual Guidance

Advice given especially as a result of consultation


Spiritual Strength of Mind

Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain

or adversity with courage


Understanding of Information

Condition of Knowing something with familiarity gained through experience​

Fact or condition of being aware of something


Sense of Holiness

Dutifulness in religion: DEVOUTNESS

 Fear of the Lord

Joyful awareness of God’s grandeur​

To have a reverential awe of God’s power and might

Definitions of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Catholic Catechism 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 (Love)

Love or Goodwill​

Benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity

Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy

or suffering lenient judgment of others


Internal Happiness​

The state of happiness or bliss


Spiritual Harmony and Tranquility​

A state of tranquility 

or quiet Harmony in personal relations


Willingness to Endure

The capacity, habit, or fact of being calm



The quality or state of being kind​

Treating people with respect


Moral Excellence​

The quality or state of being good


Spirit of Giving Freely

The quality or fact of being generous


Intentional Mildness​

The quality or state of being gentle with others


Spiritual Devotion

Steadfast in affection or allegiance: 

LOYAL True to the facts or to a standard


Moderation of our Speech, 

Dress, and Behaviour

 Self Control

Will Power over one’s actions

Restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires



Abstaining from all sexual activity

Purity in conduct and intention

What’s the difference between the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Gifts are freely given and they must be opened to be appreciated and used; 

they are tokens of love.


Fruits must be cultivated and nurtured in order to be developed and shared.