Confirmation - Lesson 12
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
In the Book of Isaiah 11:2-3, we learn the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the passage, the gifts are considered ones that Jesus, the Messiah would have possessed. Through Jesus, we also receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Acts 1: 8
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What kind of power / abilities do you think the apostles needed to be witnesses of Jesus to the whole world?
What gifts / talents do you need to be a witness of Jesus in your world?
This is how the disciples received the power of the Holy Spirit:
This story is found in your Bible in Acts chapters 1 & 2.
You received the power of the Holy Spirit at Baptism, but at Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be strengthened in you. These are the gifts the Church recognizes as the main seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as found in Isaiah 11: 2. Some of them are sometimes called other names.
Counsel (Right Judgement)
Fear of the Lord (Wonder & Awe)
This video briefly explains each of these gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Holiness Focus ...
The Blessed Virgin Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel announced that she would be the mother of Jesus.
Mary was also present with the Apostles when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit did incredible things in Mary's life and he can do incredible things in your life too.
Ask Mary to pray for you to have an open heart to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit at your Confirmation.
Discussion / Reflection
Have you ever given someone a gift and he or she was ungrateful? How did that make you feel?
Which of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit do you feel most in need of at this time in your life?
How would your life be better if you really opened yourself up to the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Prayer for the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your Apostles and disciples. Grant that I may be open to the work of that same Spirit within me.
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world and seek the things that are eternal,
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth,
the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with you, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself,
the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and attractive,
the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and avoid anything that would displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit. Amen.
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Name the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Tell me which one you are most looking forward to receiving at Confirmation and why.
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