Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.

According to Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 3, Sect 1, Ch. 1, art. 7:33. p. 1831,

the seven gifts of the Holy spirit are:

wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

  • The gift of wisdom corresponds to the virtue of charity.

  • The gifts of understanding and knowledge correspond to the virtue of faith.

  • The gift of counsel (right judgment) corresponds to the virtue of prudence.
  • The gift of fortitude corresponds to the virtue of courage.

  • The gift of fear of the Lord corresponds to the virtue of hope.

  • The gift of Reverence corresponds to the virtue of justice.


Wisdom is considered the first and the greatest of the gifts.


Fortitude is often identified with courage and endurance.


Understanding helps one relate all truths to one's supernatural purpose; it further illuminates one's understanding of Sacred Scripture


The gift of knowledge allows one, as far as is humanly possible, to see things from God's perspective. 

Fear of the Lord

The gift of fear of the Lord, one is made aware of the glory and majesty of God.


Counsel functions as a sort of supernatural intuition, to enable a person to judge promptly and rightly, especially in difficult situations.


Piety, or reverence, recognizes his total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.