This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of Christ’s Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and confirmed them in the faith. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit graced them with the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Awe. These gifts enabled them to go out and preach the Gospel.
To be effective in fulfilling Christ’s mission, they needed:
- Wisdom, to know and aspire for the things of eternal life
- Understanding of the Divine truths
- Counsel of the Holy Spirit, to know the ways of God, so that we may fulfill God’s plan
- Fortitude, to bear their own crosses and fate awaiting them
- Knowledge, to know God, as well as themselves; to grow in perfection and Continue reading