The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom - this helps us to bear our burdens in life to treat our sisters and brothers with patience and charity and to see the world in light of our Faith;

Understanding - this gift allows us to see the world and our life in it within God's law and our soul's relation to God.  Essentially it enables us to grasp, in a limited way, the essence of the truths of the Catholic Faith;

Counsel - the fit that instantly enlightens us to know what to do and how to act correctly in time of trouble and trail for the glory of God and our salvation;

Fortitude - is the strength to arise above adversity and cultivate virtues beyond the basic requirements of Christianity;

Knowledge - gives us the ability to judge and discern between the will of God and the temptations offered by the devil;

Piety - "a supernatural communication conferred by the Holy Spirit" (Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Modern Catholic Dictionary) that instills in us to do what is pleasing to God and to those who serve him;

Fear of the Lord - this is akin to our respect for our parents and our desire to please and not to offend them.  It is not to be frightened but to want to please God, be one with him and be holy.

UPDATE:  A lot of people have been asking me if they can use this for RCIA.  At the time I wrote this, I did NOT credit where it came from and I regret that.  However if you Google "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit," this is what comes up:

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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