The tradition of the Catholic Church lists seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Each gift is  a part of what St. Paul calls the greatest spiritual gift – the gift of love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

  1. Wisdom “You can recognize a wise person by …”
    • 1 Kings 3:16-28
    • 2 Kings 5:1-14
    • Matthew 8:5-13
  2. Understanding “You can recognize an understanding person by …”
    • Mark 2:1-12
    • Ruth 1:3-18
    • Luke 10:38-42
  3. Counsel (Right Judgment) “You can recognize a person with the gift of counsel by …”
  4. Knowledge “You can recognize a person with the gift of knowledge by …”
    • Matthew 22:23-33
    • Luke 10:25-28
    • Genesis 41:15-36
  5. Fortitude (Courage) “You can recognize a person with the gift of fortitude by …”
    • Acts 4:1-22
    • Acts 9:10-19
  6. Piety (Reverence) “A pious person will …”
    • Acts 16:16-34
    • Acts 2:43-47
  7. Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence) “You can recognize a person with the gift of fear of the Lord by …”
    • Proverbs 19:23
    • Job 1:13-22
    • Exodus 3:4-6
    • Luke 5:12-14


Response Idea #1:

Low tech (pencils, paper, bible, people): Divide class into 7 groups and assign a gift to investigate. First, investigate and explain what each gift is. Then, read and discuss each scripture reading accompanying that gift – summarize each story and tell how the gift is presented in the story. Then, write a complete sentence or two completing the phrase next to each gift.

Response Idea #2

High tech (computers, blogs): Collect words/phrases exploring a gift to create a Word Cloud:

Upload and embed your word cloud in a blog post with a write-up of Idea #1.

Create a hyperlink list of all 7 gifts (link to any 6 of your classmate’s completed posts on their gift).

Response Idea #3

High Tech: Listen to “Strong Enough?” by Matthew West. Read the lyrics from the google. Write a post discussing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. How do the gifts of the Spirit make us “Strong Enough”?

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