Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Pope's Audience: Pray for the gift of wisdom

In his weekly general audience, the Pope described the Holy Spirit as a 'gift from God' that's born from prayer and communion. To see things through the eyes of God, he explained, comes precisely from the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

The Church has traditionally recognized seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we begin a series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is himself the "gift of God” (cf. Jn 4:10), the presence of God’s love in the Church and in our hearts.  Based on a messianic prophecy of Isaiah, the Church has traditionally distinguished seven gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

The first of these is wisdom.  As a spiritual gift, this wisdom is an interior light, a grace enabling us to contemplate all things with the eyes of God and a heart docile to the promptings of the Spirit.  Born of closeness to God in prayer and loving communion, it helps us to recognize with joyful gratitude his providential plan for all things.  Christian wisdom is thus the fruit of a supernatural "taste” for God, an ability to savour his presence, goodness and love all around us.  How much our world needs the witness of such wisdom today!  Let us pray for this gift, so that, rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, we can be true men and women of God, transparently open to his own wisdom and the power of his saving love.

Speaker: I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Australia and the United States.  Upon you and your families I invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit for a fruitful celebration of this coming Holy Week.  God bless you all!

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