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Without the gift of counsel we find it difficult to make good decisions.


KNOWLEDGE


God is our creator. God makes us and all things in the world. Through the gift of knowledge God helps us to understand our relationship with him. He also helps us to see the relationship of all creatures to him. We can see immediately the relationship between a particular creature or situation which has come into our lives and our eternal friendship with God. Without the gift of knowledge we become confused. This makes us afraid, rigid, and defensive.


FORTIUTDE


To confess Jesus as the Lord in today’s world takes a great deal of courage. Sometimes we are laughed at and in some places people are persecuted because of this confession. The gift of fortitude gives us the courage to proclaim that Jesus is Lord. It helps us to publicly witness to the Gospel and serve the Church. Without the gift of fortitude we get discouraged and give up.


PIETY


The gift of piety is the gift of prayer that leads us to give reverence to God. The Spirit in us prays and cries out “abba” to the Father. Through this gift we recognize God as our Father and Jesus as our brother. This gift moves us to express our gratitude and respect for God. Without the gift of piety we do not consider God or our brothers and sisters important. We look down on others.


FEAR OF THE LORD


God is greater than we are. He loved us first and he wants to share his life with us. Through the gift of fear of the Lord, we realize that we do not deserve this gift of love. We are overcome by the desire to love God in return. We are given the ability to judge what things will put this loving friendship in danger. We are not afraid of judgment; we are afraid of losing our friendship with God. This gift enables us to be faithful to religious practice. Without the gift of fear of the Lord we become self-


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