Men, made in the image and likeness of God and raised above the animals, have an Intellect and a Will; in the Intellect resides the ability to observe and interpret the realities of the world and to make decisions about how to live. The Will is the power to take what is given by the Intellect and put it into a lived experience in the world.
The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit are given to the receptive Catholic man so that he might be able to understand and grow in holiness and happiness and receive salvation. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit supernaturally infuse the Intellect and the Will in a beautiful, logical and integrated way to help a man overcome Sin/Vice and grow in Theological and Cardinal Virtues so he can become ever more fruitful with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Human Attribute and needed ability and action
Intellect – The power of the soul to comprehend and react to knowledge
The ability to be aware of and comprehend the truth of God which allows a man to penetrate and accept the truth of divine things.
The ability to grasp reality and respond to created things which allows a man to know the teachings of God and His Holy Catholic Church.
The ability to properly grasp and internalize divine truths which allows a man to see the big picture of how God is the perfection of love Who desires for men to live lives animated by love.
Hatred of God
The ability to choose right actions which allows a man to practically choose how to act in ways consistent with the love of God and His Commandments.
Draw Lessons from Experience
Lack of followthrough
Will – The power of the soul to take action to achieve goals in the world
The ability to take just action to worship God and act justly to others which sustains a man’s action to give glory to God through prayer, the Sacraments and holy acts and give each man his due.
Unjust Agression or Pacifism
The ability to sustain action in the face of danger and suffering which strengthens a man’s firmness in courageously persevering to build the Kingdom of God, particularly in the face of persecution, martyrdom and sorrow.
Lack of Fortitude
The ability to resist falling into the various sins of Intemperance (Pride, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth) which strengthens a man’s ability to resist sin out of fear of displeasing God.