Do You Want the Gifts of the Spirit? Then Do This Now!!


One of the most beautiful and profound aspects of the Catholic faith is the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is God’s promise to be with us, guide us, and grant us gifts that can make us holy and help others. Many people long for these special gifts, known as the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” but may not be entirely sure how to receive them. Here’s what you can do, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Understand What The Gifts of the Holy Spirit Are

The Seven Gifts

Firstly, let’s understand what we are talking about when referring to the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” The Church identifies seven gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. These are not simply natural abilities; they are supernatural gifts infused by God. They’re mentioned in the book of Isaiah:

“The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2-3)

The Purpose

The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes the need for these gifts in our journey towards holiness. According to the Catechism:

“The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1830)

Open Yourself to the Gifts Through Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation

One way to be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit is through the sacrament of Confirmation. According to the Catechism, “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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)

Why Confirmation is Important

Confirmation isn’t a ‘Catholic graduation.’ It’s a deepening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit you received at Baptism. It helps to “perfect” these gifts in you so you can live a life of holiness and better serve your community.

Live a Life of Prayer and Fasting

The Power of Prayer

Prayer is a constant dialogue with God. To better understand and open yourself to the gifts of the Spirit, pray often. Jesus tells us to ask and we shall receive. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

The Role of Fasting

The practice of fasting complements prayer in preparing you to receive God’s gifts. Fasting helps us detach from worldly desires and attach ourselves to God. It can be a means to seek the Spirit’s gifts through self-denial and sacrifice.

Active Participation in the Sacraments and Church Community

Regular Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Frequent reception of the sacraments, particularly Reconciliation and the Eucharist, can make you more receptive to the Holy Spirit’s gifts. Through Reconciliation, we clean our hearts from sin, making more room for the Spirit. Through the Eucharist, we grow in unity with Christ and his Church.

Be Active in the Church

Your involvement in your church community is another way to nurture these gifts. Whether you are teaching, singing, serving the poor, or just attending a study group, these activities make you a fertile ground for the Holy Spirit.

The Fruits Will Show

When you live a life open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you’ll start noticing the ‘fruits’ of the Spirit. These are outlined in the Bible as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).


The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are not optional extras but essential tools for living a Christian life. They are God’s gifts to help us live as better Christians and to build up the Church. By actively seeking these gifts through prayer, fasting, active participation in the sacraments, and service in your church community, you open your life to unimaginable spiritual richness.

All the guidance offered here is rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, and not just theological opinions. So, do you want the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? Then make these steps a part of your life today!

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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