Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters.
“A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that God gives through the Holy Spirit. Not because someone is better than the others, but rather so that he puts it at the service of others with the same gratitude and love with which he has received it.”
Pope Francis began his address by drawing the attention of the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to “the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit,” saying that they “enliven and enrich the Body of Christ.”
First received at one’s baptism, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are traditionally referred to as wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the…
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