The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Understanding

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Understanding

 

We learn that whereas Wisdom is that gift that gives us the desire to know God more deeply, the Gift of Understanding is that gift which allows us to penetrate to the core of the truths of the Faith.

One may say that there is very little difference between Wisdom and Understanding. It would almost seem as if you need one to delve deeper into the next.

If we think “logically” about it this is very true – but we must always keep in mind what is “logically” about anything that has to do with God?

 

Francis Fernandez comments on this Gift of the Holy Spirit saying,

“Through the gift of the understanding the faithful come to have a fuller grasp of the truths of faith.

The Holy Spirit illumines the mind with a most powerful light and enables us to see more clearly what until then was only dimly seen.”

 

St. Teresa of Avila says this about this gift,

“ It is like one who, without having learned anything, or having taken the slightest trouble in order to learn to read, finds himself in possession of all existing knowledge; he has no idea how or whence it has come, since he has never done any work, even so much as was necessary for the learning of the alphabet.

This last comparison, I think, furnishes some sort of explanation of this Heavenly gift, for the soul suddenly finds itself learned, and the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, together with other lofty things, is so clearly explained to it that there is no theologian with whom it would not have the boldness to contend in defence of the truth of these marvels.”

 

 

In the secular world we define understanding in a limited way.

It generally means:

  • To perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or a speaker) 

  • To interpret or view (something) in a particular way. 

As a Christian the gift of understanding goes beyond the mind and is translated into the way you live your life.

It allows the Christian to contemplate God in the midst of ordinary matters and events.

It is often given to those who are genuinely seeking to be faithful to God in all matters.

One can therefore understand why it is that this gift is given to those who are docile to the workings of the Holy Spirit.

It is given to those who spend time in deep prayer with God, before the Blessed Sacrament if possible,

and who are able to discover God in all created things and in the daily events of their everyday activities.

Understanding the mysteries of our Faith will lead into a deeper union with the Blessed Trinity and illumine our minds to a richer understanding of God Almighty.

 

 

Keep following as we discuss in a few days the next gift of the Holy Spirit that is closely related to Wisdom and Understanding and that is – Knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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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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