Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Use “C-U-P-W-A-C-K” to memorize them

Counsel (Right Judgment) / Consejo: With the gift of counsel/right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus Christ.

Understanding / Entendimiento: In understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Piety (Reverence) / Piedad: With the gift of piety/reverence, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
*Pronounced “PIE-IH-TEA”

Wisdom / Sabiduría: It is the capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones; it also means the want to understand God.
Awe of the Lord (Fear of the Lord/Wonder)/Temor de Dios: With the gift of fear of the Lord/wonder and awe, we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

Courage (Fortitude) / Fortaleza: With the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm.

Knowledge / Ciencia: With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The distinction between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom gives the desire to know the things of God, whereas knowledge is the actual power by which such things are known.

REMEMBER, these are the words you will be asked to say when you are receiving the oil. The priest will anoint you with Chrism (a consecrated oil) by making the Sign of the Cross on your forehead. He will say,

Priest: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

You respond: “Amen.”

Then the priest says,

Priest: “Peace be with you.”

And you respond: “And with your spirit.”