During the Rite of Confirmation the bishop and the priests who are administering the sacrament lay their hands upon those who are to be confirmed and say:


“All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

by water and the Holy Spirit

you freed your sons and daughters from sin

And gave them new life.

Send your Holy Spirit upon them

to be their helper and guide.

Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of right judgment and courage,

the spirit of knowledge and reverence.

Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.”

It is here that 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed.  These 7 gifts “complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them” (CCC 1831).  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.”

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The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


a3Wisdom is our ability to value spiritual things over worldly ones. It enables us to desire the things of God and correctly order the things in our life. This gift helps us view the world through God’s perspective and the light of our faith. It instills a desire to contemplate the things of God.


a2Understanding helps us grasp the truths of the faith more easily and profoundly. Our human intellect cannot grasp all of God’s mysteries, but through the gift of understanding we can be lead to truth, even when we do not fully comprehend. This gift strengthens our insight through prayer, scripture, and the sacraments.


a1Right Judgment/Counsel acknowledges the difference between right and wrong and bestows proper judgment. A person with right judgment avoids sin and leads a life for Christ. Counsel inspires us to speak up and encourage others to do the correct thing. It bestows upon us prudence, allowing us to act promptly and rightly in the face of difficult situations.


a6Courage sustains our decision to follow the will of God in any situation. It allows us to stand up and defend our faith, even when threatened by bodily injury or death. This gift allows us to be steadfast in our decisions to do well and to endure evil even when we do not want to.


a8Knowledge is awareness to God’s plan. It is not simply an accumulation of facts but rather an understanding of God’s purpose and how we ought to respond. Knowledge helps bring to light temptations and to discern whether to give in or live a life worthy of God’s approval.


a7Reverence is our obedience to God and our willingness to serve him. It is not just obedience through a sense of duty but rather obedience out of love and devotion. It facilitates a deeper respect for God and the Church.


a4Wonder and awe makes us aware of the glory and majesty of God. This gift is also synonymous with “Fear of the Lord”, in which we dread sin and fear offending God. We fear displeasing God and losing our connection with him. Wonder and awe increases our desire to draw closer to God and depart from sin.

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  1. G.B. Folker says

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful knowledge from our Blessed Savior. It helps to explain to children and young folks the teachings of the Church.

  2. Marilyn J. says

    Hello: Have recently found your site and find the posts very informative and concise.
    I have returned to the Catholic church after 40 years. I would love to print off this list of the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit to add to binder. Is it possible to set the blogs up to be printable. Thank you

  3. says

    Thank you very much for the compliment Marilyn, and welcome home! We are working on adding an option for printing out our blogs for you.

  4. diana says

    Thank you so much for this Gods blessings over your life Amen in King Jesus Yeshua Holy Name Amen

  5. Steven Sallwasser says

    I am deeply disappointed in your teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You make it sound like something the RCC made up, not from the Bible. You need to have the Bible references not just the Catechism reference. You lose a lot of people both Catholic and non-Catholic by indicating it is not from the Bible.

  6. says

    Hi Steven, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is part of the teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church and is therefore a primary resource for understanding what the Church teaches about the Sacrament of Confirmation. By using the Catechism as a reference, it does not imply that the Sacrament is “made up, not from the Bible.” The passage of the Catechism cites in detail the Scriptural references. Furthermore, this is a blog post and not an exhaustive treatment of the topic. For both Catholics and non-Catholics, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the best place to go to understand what the Catholic Church teaches about various Biblical topics such as the Sacraments.

  7. Mike says

    Hi. Many thaks for this clear explanation. Each week, at the request of my Parish Priest, I write a ‘thought’ for the Parish Bulletin. This has helped me to be short and to the point in writing a piece for Pentecost. God bless!

  8. kate says

    Thank the Lord
    When I hear sime priests I think I was brought up in a diff teligion
    So pleased to realise that love AND fear of the Lord still applies..

  9. Nontobeko says

    Thank yu Jesus for today wonderful message may yu be with us for ever ad ever

  10. Michael says

    1 Corinthians 12:1-11
    Gifts of the Holy Spirit
    12 Brothers and sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 2 You know that at one time you were unbelievers. You were somehow drawn away to worship statues of gods that couldn’t even speak. 3 So I want you to know that no one who is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “May Jesus be cursed.” And without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can say, “Jesus is Lord.”
    4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. 6 There are different ways the Spirit works. But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people.
    7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. 11 All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides.


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