gifts of the Holy Ghost

The operations of grace and the sanctification of souls appropriated to the Holy Ghost as works of God’s goodness and love. The spiritual gifts He confers on man are twofold – one class is given to the recipient as powers or “charismata” to be used primarily for the benefit of others, e.g., the gifts of miracles, of prophecy, of tongues, etc.; the second class has for its prime purpose the sanctification of the recipient. These, as enumerated by Isaias (11), are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Christ had these gifts in their plenitude; all just souls receive them in various degrees. They are supernatural dispositions (over and above infused virtues) by which the soul is made docile and quickly responsive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.