Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 17, 2011 | 30 Comments

The Holy Spirit is associated with a number of sets of gifts and fruits. The sacrament of confirmation “increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1303). When a confirmed person cooperates with the graces that the Holy Spirit provides, the person makes spiritual headway with regard to each of these qualities or traits, and is progressively more willing to listen to and obey the promptings of the Spirit.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are seven gifts of the Spirit, six with a biblical basis, one without: “wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2); as well as piety, which was added to bring the list to seven.

The Bible’s fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are nine biblically-based fruits of the Holy Spirit as given by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are 12 traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit, some which overlap the biblical list: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long-suffering, humility or gentleness, fidelity or faithfulness, modesty, continence or self-control and chastity.

Gifts to be used to bear fruit. All who are confirmed are equipped with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to live a virtuous and holy life, and sent forth to bear much fruit, something that is possible only when one stays firmly attached to Jesus, the vine (see John 15:1-8).  The graces of the Spirit strengthen confirmed Christians to carry out their vocations for the good of others and the benefit of the Church and the world.

Father Michael Van Sloun is pastor of St. Stephen in Anoka.

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  • Joeassily

    You are wrong. THERE ARE 9 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINING 1 Corinthians 12:7! The Catholics are BLIND. You follow the Catholic Faith. Jesus says “Pick up your cross and follow me.” In Mathew Ch. 23:9 he says “Call no man on this earth Father, for you have only one Father in heaven.” Why do they call priests father? Blind fools following each other. What’s the number one commandment? Love GOD NUMBER 1 with all your heart mind and soul. Catholics go to church one hour a week and think that’s all they have to do. They give money to the Church and it stays there. They feed the hungry with food. Feed a man a fish feed him for a day. That’s what they do. Real Christians strive to be born again. Catholics baptize with water. Those who follow Christ and not religion are baptized as Jesus was in the Book of John, with THE SPIRIT. Seek and you shall receive the Spirit. Catholics know nothing of the spirit and its gifts as the blog post so brilliantly proved. We must give 10% of our income to the Lord to Missionaries as the Apostles did Jesus’ work. Feed a man food for a day, or feed his soul for life?

  • Joseph

    Thank you, Father. We need more of this.

    • Jehovah

      Your tellin’ me! 😀
      I love this kind of stuff!

  • Randomness Me15

    The bird is the word

  • Carol

    Hey how are you I like cheesepuffs

  • Carol

    Hey how are you I like cheesepuffs

    • Carol

      OMG me too

  • Paul

    very very cool

    • Jehovah


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  • barbiedits

    thank’s god i found the answer

  • kizziann cupid

    thank you. this was a question ask to me by the holy one on my way from work….. and all wasn’t Clare. I thank you so much, now, I’ll write it in my heart ever to let it go.
    Yours respectful
    kizziann cupid.

  • kristina

    1 Corinthians 12
    New International Version (NIV)
    Concerning Spiritual Gifts

    1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

    Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it”

    • Deepak

      Thank you father this realy helped me and my fellow peers in religion class

    • Proteios

      I like the Deuteronomy quote.
      This and a similar statement in Revelations is why Martin Luther will always be considered a heretic and Protestantism a heresy. Thanks for the reminder!

      • Paula Ruddy

        Does condemning heretics, or insisting on the category of heretic, flow from the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

    • Jehovah


  • YoMama

    I do can you tell me where the nearest hairdresser is i need a blow

  • jonni

    thank you I need this for my sacraments

    • Jehovah

      My son does too, sometimes he just won’t listen to his momma even when I tell him just this. He’s a little rascal. 🙂

  • Mary

    This helps me in everyday life.
    I can have a conversation with my mother without fighting.

    • Jehovah

      ME TOO! Have a Godly night and follow the word of Christ!

  • Richard Kennedy

    Can the gifts and fruits be equated to “Holy Emotion” in modern parlance?

    • Jehovah

      I honestly have no idea, but your profile pic is really neat!

  • Thank you for posting this. Can you explain where, how, why, we added traditional gifts and fruits to those with a Biblical basis? I teach Confirmation class and also run a Catholic parenting blog and would like to explain it to others too. Thanks so much! God Bless…

  • Sarah G

    Thank You Father but I’m still not sureceived which Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit I have.

  • Someone

    Thanks, I needed this for my CLE class, but I don’t really get why there’s traditional gifts of the Holy Spirit since there’s the other one already and vice versa

  • Bangon Pilipinas

    Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


    What is the difference between FRUIT and FRUITS with regards to this? Why are we teaching ‘FRUITS’ when the Bible says ‘FRUIT’? Was the ‘FRUIT’ in the Bible a typographical error? Or is there a significance on why the bible consider all of them as singular collectively and not ‘fruits’?