At Confirmation, we learn the implications of our new life in the Holy Spirit:
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 [I] 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.
(Rite of Confirmation)
This prayer names the traditional "Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit." The biblical
origin of these seven gifts is found in Isaiah (11:1-3) where he is foretelling
the qualities of the Messiah.
But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots
a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit
of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit
of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear
of the Lord.
[The ancient Greek and Latin translations of this passage read "piety" for
"fear of the Lord" in line six; this gives us our traditional seven gifts.]
These seven gifts are the signs that the Messiah will be guided by the Spirit.
The relation of these gifts to the sacrament of Confirmation becomes clear when
we remember that the word "Messiah" (Christos in Greek) means "anointed." Jesus
was "anointed," filled with the Holy Spirit at his baptism. At Confirmation
we are anointed with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Gospels we see how these
seven gifts form Jesus' personality. They are characteristic of his activity.
Consider the wisdom expressed in his parables; his understanding of the poor
and the sick; his right judgment when tested by the Pharisees; his courage to
continue the journey to Jerusalem where he surmised what fate awaited him; his
knowledge of God's will; his reverence for his heavenly Father; his awe before
the wonders of creation—the lilies of the field, the birds of the air....The
seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are the manifestation of the Divine Power active
in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.