Receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Pentecost reflection

By Fr Admire Nhika SJ

Pentecost is the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church, the body of Christ, to journey with it till the end of time. The Holy Spirit is present, God is with us and is journeying with us.

We are able to do the works that Jesus Christ does only through the Holy Spirit. We are able to pray through the power of the Holy Spirit.

What should we expect from the grace that comes with Pentecost? We receive the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). These gifts are only given to those who wait for Him to come. Those who pray and ask, as they wait, as with what happened on Pentecost day – marking the birth of the Church (Acts 2:1-11). The 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit can equip us to reach eternal life and are given free of charge.


Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the perfection of the theological virtue of faith. We come to value properly those things we believe through faith. The truths of Christian belief are more important than the things of this world. 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.

The Gift of Understanding enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them, to be quickened to newness of life. The gift of counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done especially in difficult circumstances. 

Fortitude. The soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the importance of duty. Undertaking the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.

The Gift of Knowledge enables us to evaluate created things in their true worth – in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, their emptiness, and points out their true purpose as instruments in the service of God.

The Gift of Piety is a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him.

Lastly, there is the Gift of Fear. “This gift fills us with a sovereign respect of God and makes us dread sin. It is filial submission to the Father. It is the Fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching ourselves from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. Hear, the Christian is interested in pleasing the Lord and not to offend Him in His infinite goodness.












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