7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
At Confirmation we receive the
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wonder & Awe
Wisdom: Helps us see God and God’s goodness in all things.
The Spirit’s gift of Wisdom enables us to see things with God’s eyes. The gift of Wisdom helps us interpret life through the lens of Jesus Christ and his vision and teachings.
Understanding: Gives us insight into our faith and helps us teach others by word and action.
The Spirit’s gift of Understanding enables us to understand God’s plan for our life and our world. The gift of Understanding helps us to interpret God’s plan for us in the daily events of our lives.
Right Judgment: Helps us make the right choices in life.
The Spirit’s gift of Right Judgment helps us to make good choices—to make God’s choices and to seek God’s counsel, God’s advice. Right judgments are made in light of God’s laws.
Knowledge: Helps us know God and God’s saving plan for us; what is important and what is not.
The Spirit’s Gift of Knowledge helps us to know the right things. The gift of Knowledge helps us to know which things are important and which are not. It helps us to know Jesus and what he teaches us.
Courage: Strengthens us to do what is right and to be faithful despite difficulties.
The Spirit’s Gift of Courage enables us to see where our real strength lies: God is our strength. The gift of Courage enables us to face danger and overcome fear with confidence.
Reverence: Calls us to love God and to respect God and all creation; we obey out of love, not fear.
The Spirit’s Gift of Reverence helps us show our gratitude for all that God has done for us. It moves us to worship God, to offer God praise, to pray always in confidence.
Wonder and Awe: Inspires us to marvel at the power and beauty of God’s creation.
The Spirit’s Gift of Wonder and Awe enables us to see the beauty of God’s creation and the beauty in each person we meet.
A great way to remember the 7 gifts is with the acronym
WURK CRW pronounced "WORK CREW".
As Catholics we are all called to be a part of God’s Work Crew.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are the qualities of Jesus that take root in us and become our qualities. We are sealed with these gifts at our Confirmation. The work that we do and the gifts that we receive go hand in hand. After we are Confirmed we are called to go out into the world and do the work of Jesus.
Luckily the Gospel spells out what work we need to do in the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy. Not only are we told what work needs to be done we are also given the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us.
Throughout the Gospel, Jesus teaches us what we need to do in order to follow him. We learn that we need to “work” at things in order to build the Kingdom of God. We need to work on ourselves, work on our relationship with God, and work on our relationship with others. Often this work is not easy.
We want you to know that you are never alone as you prepare for your full initiation into the Church. We also want you to know that the work of the Church is never done. Confirmation is not the end, it is just the beginning.
It is the hope of your community that you will grow to accept and use the gifts God has given you. It takes practice and an open heart to see God in all that we do. As you prepare for Confirmation, we ask that you take time to reflect on the work you do. When do you use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do you see God in the service you do for school or for sports? Do you see God when you help your parents or grandparents? If you take time to slow down and reflect you will see God in all things.