Description of the Fruits of the Spirit
Charity or Love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick- tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (NABRE, 2000, 1 Cor 13: 4-8a)
Joy (chara) is eternal and is rooted in God. It is the happiness found in union with the Lord.
Peace refers to dealing justly with the world, as well as remaining in good conscience before God.
Patience is also known as long-suffering. It refers to the tendency to endure temptation and suffering without it leading to sin.
Kindness, also know as benignity, is the tendency toward acting kindly and doing good.
The ability to live life in accord with the will of God.
Generosity is an openness to sharing one’s own gifts and goods with others. It is the opposite of both gluttony and envy.
It is also known as mildness. It is the tendency to allow provocations to go unanswered.
Is standing strong in faith and strength against diversion away from faith and virtue.
Freedom from vanity and boastfulness. Regard for decency of behavior, speech and dress. It includes simplicity and moderation.
Ability to control ones emotions and conduct. Calls for a self-disciplined life following Christ’s example of being in the world, but not of the world.
Purity, virginity and virtuous in character. The union between and woman in marriage is sacred.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Description of the Gifts of the Spirit
Resolves a problem that has been identified through a word of knowledge.
When hearing or reading, the subject matter becomes clear.
Empowers us to make decisions in our spiritual lives. A small voice within, known as conscience or common sense guides our actions.
Strength or Fortitude
The power of strength to do the will of God. Steadfastness, stick with it no matter how difficult.
Informs, warns or exposes hidden things. Reveals the power of God in hidden things.
Knowing our relationship with God. Not only wanting to serve Him but also needing to serve Him.
Fear of the Lord or Awe
Knowing the awesomeness of God and all of His greatness.
Charisms of the Holy Spirit
Description of the Charisms of the Spirit
Wisdom — Resolves a problem that has been identified through a word of knowledge.
Knowledge — Informs, warns, or exposes hidden things. It reveals the power of God in hidden things.
Faith — The power to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what you ask for will happen.
Healing — A gift to build up, encourage, strengthen, make new or whole an individual or group.
Mighty Deeds — Direct intervention by the Holy Spirit in the natural order, i.e., instant healing or conversion.
Prophecy — An anointed communication from God to give encouragement, reproof, inspiration or guidance.
Discernment of Spirits — Allows one to distinguish between “spirits”, whether they are “good” or “evil” or whether it is the person’s own spirit at work.
Variety of Tongues — Using a special prayer language provided by the Holy Spirit for communications with God (Note: this charism is the only one that is for the use of the individual).
Interpretation of Tongues — The translation or interpretation of what was spoken by an individual in Tongues.