KNOWLEDGE-The fifth of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed by his progress. — St. Athanasius
The supernatural gift of knowledge enables us to know ourselves, and to discover the will of God in all things.This gift perfects the virtue of faith. Although one who is not in the state of grace can obtain knowledge of many things, the knowledge they possess will be of a worldly nature.
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” ~Proverbs 17:27
1.The gift of knowledge is often called “the science of the saints” because it enables those who have it to swiftly discern between the impulses of temptation and the inspirations ofgrace.
|The Gift of KnowledgeThe gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth–in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”PrayerCome, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen. This prayer is taken from the Novena to the Holy Spirit of the Seven Gifts. It is one of the oldest novenas and is generally said in the Easter season.|
1.All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.