We’re preparing ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit in a new way at the celebration of Pentecost, the day we recall the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the disciples who were in one place together in Acts 2. There are so many ways we could prepare. This series is focusing on the gifts the Holy Spirit will provide for those who are prepared to receive them, which will allow us to live entirely for the Lord by prayer and action. For more information about this series, click here to find the original post.
We’re almost done! Two left: today’s review takes us to the gift of Understanding.
How does this gift help?
Have you ever asked the question, “Why does the Church teach _____?” or “How can we really know this teaching is true?” or some other similar question about some teaching of Christianity? If so, the gift of Understanding will be a great help for you! The gift of Understanding enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths. This isn’t to say we’ll understand everything perfectly – if that could happen, we would too easily lose the sense of mystery, which is so important. Still, this gift helps us see beneath the proverbial surface to find the spiritual reality and meaning. In fact, the gift of Understanding shows us the truths of faith in such a strong light that we are actually confirmed in our belief. From this deeper understanding, we’re then able to draw even more truths out of what we’ve come to know. Whoa! The gift of Understanding leads to even more understanding! It’s like a fire that feeds itself!
Who needs this gift?
Everyone needs this gift! Those who especially need the gift of Understanding are those who need to be able to explain the various doctrines to others: priests, parents, teachers, etc.
How do I prepare myself to receive the gift of Understanding?
The best way to obtain this gift is to create an attitude of simple faith which always humbly asks the Lord for divine light. After asking for this gift, dive into the mysteries of our Faith. Go right to the heart of the doctrines and seek to grasp its meaning. Look at each truth in relation to another and see how they connect. Study and love the different truths.
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Your Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of You and the Father and the Son. Amen.