The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Knowledge

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Knowledge

 

If I knew everything I wanted to know I would be a happy person – or would I?

Scott P Richert helps explain for us the difference between Wisdom and Knowledge in his posts

Like wisdom, knowledge perfects the theological virtue of faith.

The aims of knowledge and wisdom are different, however.

Whereas wisdom helps us to penetrate divine truth and prepares us to judge all things according to that truth, knowledge gives us that ability to judge.

As Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary,

“The object of this gift is the whole spectrum of created things insofar as they lead one to God.”

This gift enables us to understand the world in the light of God’s plan of creation and elevation to the supernatural order – shares Francis Fernandez.

St. Josemaria Escriva says, in Christ is passing by,

“Like the gifts of understanding and of wisdom, the gift of knowledge is a contemplative gift enabling us to see into the very mystery of God.”

One of the most purest and most burning expressions of the gift of knowledge is that the heavens and all creation should give glory to God.

It has been said time and time again that with the gift of knowledge the Christian can more confidently discern perfectly what leads him to God and what separates him from God.

In a very practical sense this gift gives us the ability to know what things, even though they may be good in and of themselves, can become evil.

An example that comes to mind is portrayed in Scewtape Letters by C.S Lewis.

The mother of the protagonist is an excellent hostess.

She is always concerned about people’s needs when they come to visit her;

however she is so consumed with serving that she forgets to listen to them and pay attention to their true needs.

She is only concerned about doing a “good” because that is what she believes she should be doing at that moment.

Although this may be a very simple example it helps us understand that good acts can lead us away from God if we do not perform them in union with His will.

The Holy Spirit through this gift will guide us all along the straight path.

 

 

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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