Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit… Understanding

Will you receive His gifts?

First we had WISDOM…

(1) Wisdom = the desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory

I did some extensive research on the subject of Wisdom and what the Church and Sacred Scripture has to say about this particular gift that – appropriately so – is the FIRST gift of the Seven Gifts…

The writers of, “Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach. The writers of the Sapiential Books consider wisdom in its relation to man as the perfection of knowledge showing itself in action.emphasis added…

Read more on Wisdom…

The complement to Wisdom is UNDERSTANDING…

(2)Understanding – enables us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith

Know your FAITH!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches…

The Holy Spirit gives a spiritual understanding of the Word of God to those who read or hear it, according to the dispositions of their hearts. By means of the words, actions, and symbols that form the structure of a celebration, the Spirit puts both the faithful and the ministers into a living relationship with Christ, the Word and Image of the Father, so that they can live out the meaning of what they hear, contemplate, and do in the celebration~ CCC§1101, emphasis added

When worshiping God and His Son, those who receive this gift of UNDERSTANDING are more able to give 100% of themselves because they KNOW WHO they are worshiping.  They KNOW WHY they are worshiping.  And their lives begin to REFLECT that UNDERSTANDING in what they say and do.

But it’s not just in worshiping God that UNDERSTANDING is given, but also in the discovery of God’s creation…

The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the development of life-forms and the appearance of man.

These discoveries invite us to even greater admiration for the greatness of the Creator, prompting us to give Him thanks for all His works and for the understanding and wisdom He gives to scholars and researchers.

With Solomon they can say: “It is He who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements . . . for Wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.” (cf. Wisdom 7: 17-22)  ~ CCC§283, emphasis added

May they start to use their UNDERSTANDING for the GOOD of Mankind, NOT THE DESTRUCTION of Mankind.

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah…


When Isaiah gives a description of the coming Messiah (Jesus), he says:

“And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.  And His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.” ~Is 11:2, emphasis added

A reading from the Prophet Daniel…

Daniel speaks of his receiving the gift of understanding from the Archangel, Gabriel:

“While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God; while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He came and he said to me, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding.” ~ Dan 9: 20-22, emphasis added

A Letter from St. Paul to the Colossians…

St. Paul reminds us that with Wisdom AND Understanding we, the followers of Christ, can live better lives because that Wisdom and Understanding bring with it a deeper knowledge of God…

“And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His Will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father… He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His Beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  ~ Col 1: 9-11,12, 13-14, emphasis added

So we should more than DESIRE to have this SECOND GIFT, the gift of UNDERSTANDING!

Total Recommended Reading!

Removing the Restrainer

7 Gifts: Introduction

The Gift of Wisdom

The Gift of COUNSEL



The Gift of PIETY


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