The Catechism of the Catholic Church
After clarifying what the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit were, the Catechism goes onto explaining how they bring us closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were not given to man because he deserved it, or to make his mortal life easier. These gifts were given to man so that we could learn to turn to Christ and live our lives in accordance with the perfect example that Jesus gave us while in his mortal ministry.
“They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.” (CCC 1831)
Why do we need these gifts?
Not only are these gifts given to us so that we might develop and become better following the imagen, but we must, we are obligated as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, to help others on their path to perfection as many others help us.
“The Apostle Paul indicated that the gifts of the Spirit are equally valid, but not equally valuable. Their value is determined by their worth to the church. In dealing with this matter, he used the analogy of the human body. All members of the body have functions, Paul declared, but some are more important than others (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). The service of each Christian should be in proportion to the gifts which he possesses (1 Corinthians 12-14). All believers, as members of the body of Christ, must be serving together in order for the body to be fully-functional. That is why a church needs pastors, teachers, helpers, servants, administrators, those with great faith, etc. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit working together are needed to produce the full potential of the church. Since the gifts of the Spirit are gifts of grace, their use must be controlled by the rule of love - the greatest of all the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13).” (www.allaboutgod.com)