Living in the Two Hearts

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7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit… Knowledge

All for the asking! Will YOU ask for them?

All week I’ve talked about one of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

(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…

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

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(3) Counsel – warns us of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation.

“The gift of counsel enables one to judge promptly and correctly what action is to be taken in a particular case… the gift of counsel enables one to decide by a sort of supernatural intuition the correct course of action.” ~Encyclopedia Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

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(3) Fortitude – strengthen us to do the will of God in all things …

Fortitude (sometimes called strength, courage, or might) is also one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. ~Glossary, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Though there is not much to be said about Fortitude – probably because the word speaks for itself – it is important to note when Fortitude is addressed in the Faith and for what purpose…

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(5) Knowledge – enables us to discover the Will of God in all things…

King Solomon says this with regards to Wisdom, which in turn, is also with regards to Knowledge…

For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God, and an associate in His works. ~ Wisdom 8:4,emphasis added

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us…

Whoever is called “to teach Christ” must first seek “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus”; he must suffer “the loss of all things. . .” in order to “gain Christ and be found in Him”, and “to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and [to] share [His] sufferings, becoming like him in His death, that if possible He may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil 3: 8-11) ~ CCC§428

The Catechism makes an excellent point that I think many in today’s no sin, no suffering society miss.  In order to gain Christ, one MUST “suffer ‘the loss of all things'”… “to share in His sufferings, becoming like him in His death” so that we may then share in His Resurrection. 

Thus making it perfectly clear that…

God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:4): that is, of Christ Jesus (Jn 14:16).  Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth:

God graciously arranged that the things He had once revealed for the salvation of all peoples should remain in their entirety, throughout the ages, and be transmitted to all generations, (cf. 2 Cor 1:20; 3:14- 4:6).

~ CCC§74, emphasis added

St. Paul again echos this very understanding in his letter to the Colossians…

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, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  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: 9-14, emphasis added

To have KNOWLEDGE of God is to have KNOWLEDGE of His creation and the one who Created (cf. John 1:2) His creation.  This KNOWLEDGE should lead one not only to the appreciation of God but TO His greatest creation – mankind.  That is a respect for ALL LIFE from CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH…

Created in God’s image and called to know and love Him, the person who seeks God discovers certain ways of coming to know Him. These are also called proofs for the existence of God, not in the sense of proofs in the natural sciences, but rather in the sense of “converging and convincing arguments,” which allow us to attain certainty about the truth. These “ways” of approaching God from creation have a twofold point of departure: the physical world and the human person. ~ CCC31, emphasis added

THE CATECHISM continues to teach us…

Thanks to the assistance of the Holy Spirit, the understanding of both the realities and the words of the heritage of faith is able to grow in the life of the Church:

– “through the contemplation and study of believers who ponder these things in their hearts” (cf. Luke 2: 19, 51); it is in particular “theological research [which] deepens knowledge of revealed truth.”

– “from the intimate sense of spiritual realities which [believers] experience,” the sacred Scriptures “grow with the one who reads them.”

– “from the preaching of those who have received, along with their right of succession in the episcopate, the sure charism of truth.” ~St. Gregory the Great, Hom. in Ez. 1, 7

~ CCC94, emphasis added


The catechism then gives this important reminder:

“It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, [AND] the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” ~ Second Vatican Council, Dei Veribum, 10§3


Or in other words… Apart from Rome, you’re on your own!

To which I close with a passage from Proverbs…

My son, if you receive My words and treasure up My commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God, for the LORD gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of His saints. ~Proverbs 2: 1-8 emphasis added



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