The second gift of the Holy Spirit is understanding. If wisdom gives us the ability to think deeply and desire to view the world as God views the world, then understanding allows this information to permeate our very being causing a conversion of heart, mind and soul. Through understanding we are transformed. When we are less about ourselves and more about God, we become the person God created us to be. We are reminded in Philippians 2:6 that Jesus “who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.” While understanding does not equate us with God, nor will it help us solve all the mysteries of our faith, it does allow us to grow closer to God by having a heightened sense insight. Understanding absolutely requires us to empty ourselves a little more so we can more fully see Christ working in and among us. Through the exploration of scripture, a deeper connection to one another and an appreciation for our church traditions our hearts, minds, eyes and ears become more sharply attuned to our faith through the gift of understanding.
All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your sons and daughters from sin
and gave them new life.
Send your Holy Spirit upon them
to be their helper and guide.
Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.113
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1299