This Gift is considered the lowest or foundational Gift of the Holy Spirit. However, it is important to understand that is does not mean servile or fear of punishment….this fear is not rooted in Charity and is therefore not a Gift of the Holy Spirit. The Gift of Fear means the filial or childlike fear of offending or displeasing God and being separated from Him as Love. One who loves completely fears separation from his Great Love…God. This is the fear that is a Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Archbishop Martinez explains the importance of this Gift: “the Gift of Fear…makes us know our true value, and prevents that rebellion against God and that pride by which we believe ourselves to be better than we are. The Gift of Fear…by uniting us with God, makes us feel deeply our own deficiency….it is a supernatural effect which the Holy Spirit produces in souls so that we can look with horror at sin and thus cling with intensity to God.”
As we progress in love, this Gift produces a total detachment from the things of earth such that we can be poor in spirit, since nothing but love for God…the Holy Spirit…moves our faculties. We are the ready to sell all and “buy the field”…to be perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect, since Fear of The Lord is ultimately directed by Wisdom, which is rooted in Love. Let us go to http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/Pentecost/seven.htm and continue the Novena for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.