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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Chastity

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 24, 2017

The “Plum” of them all!

We have reached the end… the final of the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…

The previous eleven Fruits are …

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, GoodnessBenignity, Long Suffering, Mildness and Faith, Modesty and Continence.

The Twelfth Fruit of the Holy Spirit: CHASTITY

(12) Chastity – Helps one guard his/her senses so that they will not cause him/her to sin; it helps one regard his/her own body and those of others as temple of the Holy Spirit.

Companion To: Counsel and Wisdom

The virtue of chastity comes under the cardinal virtue of temperance, which seeks to permeate the passions and appetites of the senses with reason. ~ CCC§2341

CHASTITY is also…

1. A moral virtue which rightly regulates all voluntary use of the generative faculty AND forbids misuse of that faculty for the sake of sexual pleasure.

In unmarried persons, the virtue of chastity demands total abstinence from the use of the generative faculty and the venereal pleasure attached

…not because pleasure is evil but because this faculty is rightly used only in the married state.

For the married, chastity means using the generative faculty according to its nature and refraining from such misuses of it as adultery, birth control, etc.

Sometimes in the New Testament the word chaste is used as practically equivalent to Virtuous (1 Pet. 3:2) but more usually it refers specifically to the virtue of chastity properly so called (2 Cor. 11:2; Tit. 2:5). ~ Encyclopedic Dictionary, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

It is because of this state…

The moral virtue which, under the cardinal virtue of temperance, provides for the successful integration of sexuality within the person leading to the inner unity of the bodily and spiritual being. ~Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, emphasis added

Charity is the form of all the virtues. Under its influence, chastity appears as a school of the gift of the person. Self-mastery is ordered to the gift of self. Chastity leads him who practices it to become a witness to his neighbor of God’s fidelity and loving kindness. ~ CCC§2346, emphasis added

In other words, when we embrace CHASTITY we embrace all the other Fruits of the Spirit that allow our lives to live in CHARITY – that is – LOVE – Who is GOD (cf 1Jn 4:8).

We also can do as Christ commanded us, “Love your neighbor as yourself “ (Mt 22:39)…

The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the disciple how to follow and imitate Him who has chosen us as His friends (cf. Jn 15:15), who has given Himself totally to us and allows us to participate in His divine estate. Chastity is a promise of immortality.

Chastity is expressed notably in friendship with ones neighbor. Whether it develops between persons of the same or opposite sex, friendship represents a great good for all. It leads to spiritual communion. ~ CCC§2347, emphasis added

For all Believers in Christ are taught…

All the baptized are called to chastity. The Christian has “put on Christ” (Gal 3:27), the model for all chastity.  All Christ’s faithful are called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of life. At the moment of his Baptism, the Christian is pledged to lead his affective life in chastity. ~ CCC§2348, emphasis added

For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. ~2 Cor 11:2

Therefore…

 “There are three forms of the virtue of chastity:

– the first is that of spouses,

– the second that of widows,

– and the third that of virgins.

We do not praise any one of them to the exclusion of the others. . . . This is what makes for the richness of the discipline of the Church.” ~St. Ambrose, De viduis 4, 23 (cf. CCC§2349)

Tomorrow the Novena (nine days of prayer) to the Holy Spirit begins!

4 Cardinal Virtues

1)Prudence – the correct knowledge of things to be done or avoided

2) Justice – a habitual inclination of the will to give everyone his or her rightful due

3) Fortitude – a firmness of spirit or steadiness of the will to do good despite the obstacles found in our daily life.

4) Temperance – moderates the desire for pleasure and restrains the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites

Recommended Reading:

Soon Arrival of Pentecost
7 GIFTS of the Holy Spirit

Removing the Restrainer

The Hard Truth Part II

The Readings Concerning the Coming Passion of Christ’s Church

Lesson in Sacred Scripture
Part I
Part II
Part III

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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Modesty and Continence

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 22, 2017

Lemon – Lime… Different fruits, but complimentary… Just like today’s Spiritual Fruits!

Running quickly out of time before THE NOVENA (9 days of prayer) to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost – on Sunday, May 27th.

With nine Fruits previously mentioned…

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, GoodnessBenignity, Long Suffering, Mildness and Faith

Today we address two more Fruits: Modesty and Continence:

(10)  Modesty – Produces moderation in external actions

Companion To: Counsel

Purity of heart requires the modesty which is patience, decency, and discretion.  Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. ~ CCC§2533

Thus…

Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled.

Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet. ~ CCC§2522, emphasis added

Something, I’m sorry to say, is VERY MUCH LACKING in our over-sexed and depraved world. Would we put Ancient Rome to shame with our immodest-ies?

But I digress…

The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another.  Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject.

Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person. ~ CCC§2524, emphasis added

CONTINENCE…

(11)  Continence – Represses the passion

Companion To: Fear of the Lord AND a Compliment to CHASTITY (still to come…)

Baptism confers on its recipient the grace of purification from all sins. But the baptized must continue to struggle against concupiscence of the flesh and disordered desires. With God’s grace He will prevail:

– by the virtue and gift of chastity, for chastity lets us love with upright and undivided heart;

– by purity of intention which consists in seeking the true end of man: with simplicity of vision, the baptized person seeks to find and to fulfill God’s will in everything (cf. Rom 12:2; Col 1:10);

– by purity of vision, external and internal; by discipline of feelings and imagination; by refusing all complicity in impure thoughts that incline us to turn aside from the path of God’s commandments: “Appearance arouses yearning in fools” (Wis 15:5);

– by prayer:  “I thought that continence arose from one’s own powers, which I did not recognize in myself. I was foolish enough not to know . . . that no one can be continent unless You grant it. For You would surely have granted it if my inner groaning had reached Your ears and I with firm faith had cast my cares on You,” ~St. Augustine, Conf. 6, 11, 20

~ CCC§2520

Thus it can be said…

Whoever wants to remain faithful to his baptismal promises and resist temptations will want to adopt the means for doing so: self-knowledge, practice of an ascesis [the exercise of self discipline] adapted to the situations that confront him, obedience to God’s commandments, exercise of the moral virtues, and fidelity to prayer.

“Indeed it is through chastity that we are gathered together and led back to the unity from which we were fragmented into multiplicity.” ~ St. Augustine, Conf. 10, 29, 40.

~ CCC § 2340, emphasis added

So, if one would truly considers the means of which these speak, then the understanding of the NEED to obtain each is NECESSARY to one’s life IF they TRULY DESIRE HOLINESS…

For as the Prophetic Book of Sirach reads…

Be brief, but say much in those few words, be like the wise man,[reserved in speech]… Like the lightning that flashes before a storm is the esteem that shines on modesty…  

And there enjoy doing as you wish, but without sin or words of pride.  Above all, give praise to your Creator, who showers His favors upon you.  He who would find God must accept discipline; he who seeks Him obtains his request (cf. Mt 7:7-8). ~Sirach 8, 10,12 -14, emphasis added

Recommended Reading:

Soon Arrival of Pentecost
7 GIFTS of the Holy Spirit

Removing the Restrainer

The Readings Concerning the Coming Passion of Christ’s Church

Lesson in Sacred Scripture
Part I
Part II
Part III

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