The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and Holiness from the “Soul Institute’

Jordan Auman OP in his book, ‘Spiritual Theology’ writes, ” The catechism of the Council of Trent says that, ‘from these gifts of the Holy Spirit…we derive the rules for Christian living, and through them we are able to know whether the Holy Spirit dwells in us. In his encyclical, Divinum Illud Munus, Pope Leo XIII recalls and reaffirms the traditional teaching of the Church concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit:
‘More than this, the just man, that is to say, he who lives the life of divine grace and acts by the fitting virtues as by means of faculties, has need of these seven gifts which are properly attributed to the Holy Spirit. By means of these seven gifts the soul is furnished and strengthened so as to obey more easily and promptly his voice and impulse. Wherefore, these gifts are of such efficacy that they lead the just man to the highest degree of sanctity; and of such excellence that they continue to exist even in heaven, though in a more perfect way. By means of these gifts the soul is excited and encouraged to see after and attain the evangelical beatitudes which, like the flowers that come forth in the springtime, are signs and harbingers of eternal beatitude.'” John Paul II has mentioned frequently that we we will have a new springtime of Christianity; If Christians are docile to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Maybe this new springtime will be a flowering of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Father Auman OP writes, “The gifts of the Holy Spirit are in no sense extraordinary or purely charismatic graces. They are given with sanctifying grace and form part of the supernatural organism. Moreover, the gifts are necessary for the perfection of the infused virtues and also for salvation.” John Paul II wrote about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his Encyclical Letter, ‘The Holy Spirit In The Life Of The Church’ ” Thanks to the multiplicity of the Spirit’s gifts, by reason of which is is invoked as the ‘seven fold one’ every kind of human sin can be reached by God’s saving power. In reality-as St Bonaventure says, ‘By virtue of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit all evils are destroyed and all good things are produced.”

Father Auman OP writes, ” The actuation of the gifts constitute the very essence of mysticism. Whenever a gift of the Holy Spirit operates, these is a mystical act that is more or less intense. And when the actuation of the gifts is so frequent and repeated that it predominates over the exercise of the infused virtues, which operate on a human manner-characteristic of the ascetical state-the soul has entered into the mystical state. This is always relative, of course, since the gifts never operate, even in the great mystics, in a manner that is absolutely continuous and uninterrupted. Since the actuation of the gifts is the primary and essential element of mysticism…The experience of the divine of one of the most frequent and ordinary manifestation in the activity of the gifts….The awareness if the divine action is also one of the basic differences between the mystical state and the ascetical state. The ascetical soul lives the Christian life in a purely human manner, though under the guidance of faith and charity. It awareness of the divine is restricted to reflection. The mystics, on the other hand, experience in themselves…The ineffable reality of the state of the life of grace. They are the witnesses of the loving presence of God in us.” ( In another blog talk about the dark night of soul..Father Auman OP says, “It can be lacking, as a matter of fact, it is lacking during the dark night of the soul or passive purification that are nevertheless truly mystical…What can never be lacking is the supernatural manner in which the soul operates as a result of being moved by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and it awareness that it is being acted upon by a divine power.”)

Father Auman OP writes, “The mystical experience is not an extraordinary grace…but it is the normal consequence of the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have already implied this in the previous explanation, but it is well to emphasize the fact that mysticism is the flowering of the life of grace and the crowing achievement of the perfection of charity. For many centuries there were theologians who maintained that all mysticism was an extraordinary grace and therefore should not be expected or desired. thanks to the effort of John Arintero and Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, the traditional doctrine of mysticism has been restored…For the moment it suffices to say that the life of any individual Christian will be predominantly either contemplative or active, and if reaches the degree if perfection in which the gifts become operative, he will be characterized by the mystical acts of the contemplative or the active life. Thus, the saints who were canonized not only for their perfection of charity, but also for the heroic degree of the other virtues, provide a beautiful variety of the ways in which the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate in the Christian life.”

Prayer for the day
Come Holy Spirit the Perfect Gift of the Father and the Son
Holy Spirit en kindle in me the fire of Love
Holy Spirit anoint me today with your seven fold gifts

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