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.

1. WISDOM

Spiritual Knowledge or Insight
Ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: INSIGHT

Good sense: JUDGMENT
A wise attitude, belief, or course of action

2. UNDERSTANDING

Spiritual Comprehension Accepting and tolerant

3. COUNSEL

Spiritual Guidance

Advice given especially as a result of consultation

4. FORTITUDE

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

or adversity with courage

5. KNOWLEDGE

Understanding of Information
Condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience Fact or condition of being aware of something

6. PIETY

Sense of Holiness

Dutifulness in religion: DEVOUTNESS

7. 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: 

1. CHASTITY

Purity
Abstaining from all sexual activity Purity in conduct and intention

2. FAITHFULNESS

Spiritual Devotion
Steadfast in affection or allegiance: LOYAL True to the facts or to a standard

3. PEACE

Spiritual Harmony and Tranquility A state of tranquility or quiet Harmony in personal relations

4. GOODNESS

Moral Excellence
The quality or state of being good

5. KINDNESS

Compassion

The quality or state of being kind

Treating people with respect

6. JOY

Internal Happiness

The state of happiness or bliss

7. 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

8. PATIENCE

Willingness to Endure
The capacity, habit, or fact of being calm

9. GENTLENESS

Intentional Mildness

The quality or state of being gentle with others

10 MODESTY

Moderation of our Speech, Dress, and Behaviour

11 GENEROSITY

Spirit of Giving Freely
The quality or fact of being generous

12 SELF-CONTROL


Will Power over one’s actions
Restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires

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.

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