June 26, 2022
We’re continuing our series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This gift, also called courage, is especially helpful in the struggles we are facing today. Jesus gives us the example.
This is the fourth in a series of nine homilies on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The following are the links to all the homilies in this series:
3rd – The Gift of Piety
4th – The Gift of Fortitude
6th – The Gift of Counsel
7th – The Gift of Knowledge
8th – The Gift of Wisdom
9th – Searching for Wisdom
- The gift of the Holy Spirit of fortitude is also called the gift of courage.
- Thomas Aquinas says the virtue of fortitude is a firmness of mind, and spirit that helps us, especially in difficult situations to not yield to the pressure.
- The gift of the Holy Spirit of fortitude, gives us a confidence in God, in facing the fears, and overcoming them, even the fear of death.
- King David, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio and St. Faustina are examples of those having the gift of fortitude, courage.
- Thomas sees a correspondence between two of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. One is the fruit to endure evil and the other is to be able to hold on when there’s a long delay for the accomplishment of something good.
- Since baptism, each one of us has been given this gift of fortitude to give us a divine help in the difficulties that we are facing.
To be faithful to Jesus, to follow Him faithfully, is very difficult. It takes a lot of firmness, a lot of fortitude.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the great theologian says that the virtue of fortitude is a firmness of mind, and spirit that helps us, especially in difficult situations, to not yield to the pressure. The virtue of fortitude is that human virtue, which gives us the firmness in difficult situations.
The gift of the Holy Spirit of fortitude, gives us a confidence in God, in facing the fears, and overcoming them, overcoming even the fear of death, and coming to eternal life. It gives us the help of the Holy Spirit to stand our ground, amid all the dangers and fears that we’re facing, especially the fear of death. The paradox of this gift of fortitude, a gift of courage, that in our human weakness, when we turn to the Lord, then He can give us His strength, to overcome our own human weakness.