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

Virtue Needed

Opposing Vices/Sins

Gift of the Holy Spirit

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

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.

Faith

Unbelief

Doubt

Incredulity

Heresy

Apostasy

Schism

Blasphemy

Understanding

Faithfulness

Joy

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.

Hope

Doubt

Despair

Presumption

Knowledge

Faithfulness

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.

Charity

Hatred

Indifference

Ingratitude

Lukewarmness

Acedia

Hatred of God

Wisdom

Charity

Peace

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.

Prudence

Draw Lessons from Experience

Docility

Comprehension

Shrewdness

Disciplined Reason

Foresight

Circumspection

Cautiousness

Imprudence

Hastiness/Negligence

Closed Mindedness

Ignorance

Slow-witted

Irrationality

Short-sightedness

Lack of followthrough

Rashness/Indecisiveness

Counsel

Goodness

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. 

Justice

Religion

Piety/Obedience

Observance/Courtesy

Gratitude

Vindication

Truthfulness/Honesty

Fraternity/Affability

Generosity

Kindness

Responsibility/Duty

Defense/Protection

 

Injustice

False worship/Irreligion

Dishonor/Disobedience

Rudeness

Ingratitude

False mercy/Cruelty/Brutality

Dishonesty

Indifference/Meanness

Greed/Covetousness

Envy

Unreliability

Unjust Agression or Pacifism

Piety

Kindness

 

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.

Fortitude

Magnanimity

Magnificence

Courage

Perseverance

Patience

Lack of Fortitude

Presumption/Ambition/

Vainglory

Littleness/Miserliness/Prodigality

Cowardliness/Rashness

Effeminacy/Stubborness

Impatience

Fortitude

Patience

Gentleness

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.

Temperance

Humility

Meekness

Abstinence/Sobriety

Chastity

Diligence

Studiousness

Intemperance

Pride

Wrath/Unrighteous Anger

Gluttony/Drunkenness

Lust

Sloth

Sinful Curiosity

Fear of the Lord

Chastity

Self-Control

Modesty