Identify the gifts of the Holy Spirit which were active in Saint Michael the Archangels's life and why.

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The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are the following:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Understanding
  3. Counsel
  4. Fortitude
  5. Knowledge
  6. Piety
  7. Fear of the Lord

St. Michael the Archangel appears twice in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament in which the Archangel is recognized as a defender of Israel, and in Revelations in the New Testament. In these appearances, St. Michael has four main roles:

  1. He is Leader of God's Army, as well as being leader of the forces of Heaven over Satan and the forces of Hell. In this respect, in Revelations, St. Michael the Archangel exemplifies Wisdom as he assesses what happens against the truths of the Lord, realizing the superiority of Christian beliefs that must prevail over the devil. He also demonstrates Understanding and Counsel as he grasps the concepts of these Christian beliefs which must be defended, exercising wise judgment on how best to act. Further, St. Michael evaluates properly the threats of Satan, displaying Knowlege as he follows God's purpose, along with Fear of the Lord as he loves God enough to act appropriately to his role. Certainly, too, St. Michael demonstrates Piety as his actions worship God and demonstrate his respect. Finally, St. Michael displays great Fortitude in battling against Satan and his legions. In summary, St. Michael the Archangel is the spiritual warrior.
  2. He is the carrier of the deceased. As the Angel of Death, St. Michael the Archangel "weighs souls in his scales." Again, St. Michael demonstrates Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, and Knowledge.
  3. He is Guardian of the Church. As such St. Michael the Archangel present the prayers of the righteous and just to God. In this role, St. Michael demonstrates Piety, Fear of the Lord, generated from his desire to worship God and his love for God.
  4. He is God's Intercessor. In this respect, St. Michael the Archangel exerts Wisdom and Understanding as he judges things according to truths of the Catholic faith with his comprehension of the essence of these beliefs. Certainly, too, as Intercessor of God, St. Micheal exerts Fortitude the courage to suffer death and Knowledge and Counsel, the courage and the capability to make faith-based judgments. His Piety is demonstrated in his willingness to act for God; further, he exerts his Fear of the Lord as his actions arise from fear and respect for the Lord.


Additional source:  Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican:Libreria                                       Editrice, 1994, Print.