Wisdom, gift of the Holy Spirit

“The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit… The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong to Christ, the son of David.  They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them.  They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.”

( CCC 1830-1831)


Consider for a moment the question.” What is wisdom ?”

A seemingly loaded question of considerable depth and breadth. There are different types of wisdom.  There is the wisdom of God, there is wisdom of the world, material, and educational wisdom.    All of these things can basically be divided into two areas.  What is the wisdom that is of God, and the wisdom of the world.

Everyone has different gifts.  Each person has been given some gift that they are really good at doing.   Each person given their gift specifically for the purpose of the building up of the Kingdom of God.  Given to each man, woman and child specifically so that they may use that gift for the betterment of all of mankind, at the service of God.

There was a particular Choir director who was fond of saying that everyone is given the gift of singing… Some are upstairs singers ( meaning the choir) and some are downstairs singers (to sing with the congregation). This little piece of humor, has an interesting component and lesson for us.

For most people, they already know whether or not they were given the gift of a voice that is infinitely pleasing to hear or not.  As with many vocations, it is something that begins as a calling from the Lord, and is confirmed in the Body of Christ.   Conversely, if that is not your gift you will likewise be told in one way or another.

It is important to note, that just because you are not Pavarotti, does not mean that you should never sing.  Music indeed, is one of the tools used to impart the graces of God and a channel through which the human soul can experience, as near as is humanly possible, the richness of Heaven on earth.

That aside, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, if we search for God in all things, and we spend time in the search for the knowledge of Gods will for us, we eventually will come to that knowledge.   At times, that wisdom may come after weathering a storm of life or some difficulty.  Possibly from the wisdom gained as something shared from someone who has walked through the path that you are on.

Wisdom as a search for the will of God, flowers and produces fruit by way of love.   After all we know that the law of God is the rule of love.    Therefore, to say the least wisdom comes from seeking Gods will and its application to our lives.  This application comes in the form of love.  Love of God, and love of our fellow man.

” Thus have the paths of those on earth been straightened and men have been taught what pleases you, and saved by Wisdom”

May the Lord give you the gift of His peace ( and Wisdom ).



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9 Responses to “Wisdom, gift of the Holy Spirit”

  1. Mary Strong-Spaid Says:

    Somewhere (can’t remember where) I read that singing is like praying twice. I like that. There is something about the vibration of singing that immediately raises words to a higher plane. And the one who is singing can literally “feel” the words. Everyone should sing from time to time.

    • brbearsfo Says:

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Yes, it was Bach, who made the statement and yes, there is something about singing, that touches the very heart and soul of man. I have been blessed with having music be a large part of my life and my prayer. Peace 🙂

      • Mary Strong-Spaid Says:

        Singing and music has always been a large part of my life too. I have sung with the Hawaii Opera Theater, The Washington National Opera, The San Diego Master Chorale, etc. Sacred music though, is the most uplifting. Words and intention are very important1

      • brbearsfo Says:

        I have a few questions about your time in Hawaii, since I too lived on Oahu for a number of years, however, I will send that in a private email. Agreed, Nothing quite lifts the spirit and soul of us the same way that sacred music does. Amen.

  2. LucyJartz Says:

    I just heard your “Ave Maria” accompanied by piano and birdsong from Hawaii. Thank you.

    I used to be an upstairs singer (at a very small venue), but a great grief in life took the joy away, but now it is rekindled as a downstairs voice.

    “It is important to note, that just because you are not Pavarotti, does not mean that you should never sing. Music indeed, is one of the tools used to impart the graces of God and a channel through which the human soul can experience, as near as is humanly possible, the richness of Heaven on earth.”

    I also feel this way about painting.

    • brbearsfo Says:

      Thank you Lucy.. I had not remembered posting the Ave Maria I did .. but thank you just the same ! It is the song of the soul that matters 🙂 God Bless !

      • LucyJartz Says:

        Sorry for the misunderstanding. I had just hear Mary Strong-Spaid’s music. Your reply was very true, nonetheless. 🙂 God Bless you too!

      • brbearsfo Says:

        Its OK.. I was kind of wondering where you found it.. LOL.. I sing the Ave Maria for Midnight Mass at our parish and the recordings I have taken were with my cell phone whose audio quality was not sufficient for posting in my view. Now I have to go listen to Mary’s !!

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