Q. 1. What is the gift of understanding?
A. 1. In summary, the gift of understanding helps Christians to see more deeply into the truths that they already believe by faith.
According to Pope Francis, the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them understand things “as God understands them.”
“When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, He makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and accomplished.”
“One can read the Gospel and understand something, but if we read the Gospel with this gift of the Holy Spirit, we can understand the depths of God’s words.”
This kind of understanding is a “grace” which “awakens in a Christian the ability to go beyond the outward appearance of reality and to probe the depths of the thoughts of God and his plan of salvation.”
This gift does not mean that a Christian can “comprehend all things” and have “full knowledge of the designs of God,” Pope Francis clarified. Rather, it helps the Christian to “read inwardly” and “understand things as God understands them.”