Isidore and I are twin brothers; both of us Dominican priests. Working together, with the assistance of Skype, we have produced numerous meditations which have been published on various media outlets. On this website we shall now be sharing with you a series of mini meditations on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Later we shall touch on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
I shall never forget that glorious day when we were standing on the deck of a schooner sailing between the islands of Grenada and Carriacou. There, at the foot of the mast we gazed up at the sails embracing the strong breeze that enabled our boat to carve its way through the waves towards our destination.
St John tells us that “the wind blows where it pleases,” and that “so it is with everyone that is born of the Spirit,” (Jn. 3.8). Now it has been said the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit may be compared to the sails of a boat awaiting the breeze that would be its driving force.
In this scenario we can see ourselves as being like the crew of the schooner with the choice of hoisting the sails so that their boat might be enthusiastically on the move or of leaving them furled on deck with their tethered boat rocking
Our Heavenly Father wants us to be activated by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which we received at our Baptism. It was then that we became Temples of the Holy Spirit – dynamic people who would lead lives that gave great glory to God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches): “By the Sacrament of Confirmation the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed,” (1285).
The Catechism also tells us:
“The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations,” (1831).
More about these Gifts next week in Prologue II
Peter Clarke O.P.