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Having a visual image for each of the gifts helps remember what they are and how they work.
The readings for this Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, tell the story of the dramatic way the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles and Mary.
But the Holy Spirit comes to each of us in less dramatic ways: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, bestowed on us in Baptism, are crucial to the Christian life.
The gifts can be hard to understand and difficult to tell apart. Here is how I remember them.
1: Think of Wisdom like the anointing.
Wisdom is the gift of “relishing what is right” — to be wise is to know God not just with our minds, but with our hearts.
In other words, Wisdom comes from knowing God not like a student — but like family. We can know him that way because that’s what we are.
When we are anointed at Baptism and Vonfirmation — sealed with the Holy Spirit — we are incorporated into a new family with God as our Father, Jesus Christ as our brother, and the Holy Spirit as our bond of love with all the saints.
As we enter this family, priests anoint both our hearts (the chest of an infant being baptized) and minds (our foreheads at Confirmation) — a beautiful sign of true Wisdom.