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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Mildness and Faith

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 14, 2012

Two Fruits in One, today!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, so I took a break from writing… I hope all Mothers had a wonderful day with their families and/or friends!

Back to business…

We’ve had Seven Fruits thus far…

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

Today’s combination of the Holy Spirit’s Fruit are: Mildness and Faith

(8)  Mildness – Restrain our angers

Companion To: Counsel

Just like it’s companion, MILDNESS also…

“… enables one to judge promptly and correctly what action is to be taken in a particular case. The virtue of prudence enables one to decide by reflection what is best to do; but the gift of counsel enables one to decide by a sort of supernatural intuition the correct course of action.” ~Encyclopedia Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM

“Let your eyes look straight ahead and your glance be directly forward.  Survey the path for your feet, and let all your ways be sure.  Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil.”
~ Proverbs 4:25-27

“Should the anger of the ruler burst upon you, forsake not your place; for mildness abates great offenses.” ~ Eccl 10:4


(9)  Faith – Makes one faithful and upright in dealing with others

Companion To: Wisdom & Fortitude

Both a gift of God and a human act by which the believer gives personal adherence to God who invites his response, and freely assents to the whole truth that God has revealed.

It is this revelation of God which the Church proposes for our belief, and which we profess in the Creed, celebrate in the sacraments, live by right conduct that fulfills the twofold commandment of charity (as specified in the ten commandments), and respond to in our prayer of faith.

Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God. ~ Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

For we are told, Faith is…

…man’s response to God, who reveals Himself and gives Himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life. Thus we shall consider first that search (Chapter One), then the divine Revelation by which God comes to meet man (Chapter Two), and finally the response of faith (Chapter Three). ~CCC§26 (in part)

By His Revelation, “the invisible God, from the fullness of His love, addresses men as His friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into His own company.” (cf. Col 1:11-14; 1 Tim 1:15-17; Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14 -15) The adequate response to this invitation is faith. ~ CCC§142

For John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus said:

You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. ~ Jn 15:14-15, emphasis added

Thus we know and understand…

By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, “the obedience of faith,” (cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26). ~ CCC§143,emphasis added

And as such…

Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God.

At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.

As personal adherence to God AND assent to His truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God AND to believe absolutely what He says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature, (cf. Jer 17:5-6; Ps 40:5; 146:3-4). ~ CCC§150,emphasis added

St. Paul reminds us…

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse…

…in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. ~ Phil 3: 7-11, emphasis added


Our moral life has its source in faith in God who reveals His love to us. St. Paul speaks of the “obedience of faith” (Rom 1:5; 16:26), as our first obligation. He shows that “ignorance of God” is the principle and explanation of all moral deviations, (cf. Rom 1:18-32).  Our duty toward God is to believe in Him and to bear witness to Him. ~ CCC§2087

Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. ~ 2 Tim 3: 12-15, 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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Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Long Suffering

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 12, 2012

“But he who endures to the end will be saved.” ~Mt 24:13

We have…

(1) Charity – Cause us to perform our actions out of love for God

Compliments Wisdom and Piety

“The virtue which inclines us to love God above all things for His own sake, AND our neighbor for the sake of God. In the Old Testament the word charity occurs three times, the same Hebrew word being elsewhere translated LOVE (Prov. 10:12; Song. 2:4; 8:7).” ~Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

CHARITY = LOVE (Agape = Love of God, not to be confused with Eros = love of man)…

Read more about Charity…


(2) Joy – Keeps us happily aware of God’s infinite goodness


 “God is Love” (cf. 1John 4: 8, 16), and love is His first gift, containing all others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” (Romans 5:5).  ~CCC§733

And as one can read, Joy is a RESULT of CHARITY which is LOVE…

Read more about JOY…

(3) Peace – Results from joy and renders us tranquil

Also a companion to Piety and Understanding

“Harmony between God and man and between men among themselves. The fall of our first parents disturbed this harmony. Sin constituted man an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10) and there was need of a reconciliation.”

“It was the promised Messiah… marked out to bring this reconciliation and restore peace to man. Our Lord and Savior brought peace of soul to all men who would receive Him (Luke 2:14; John 14:27).” ~ Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM.

Read more about PEACE…

(4) Patience – Resigns us to endure the disagreeable circumstance of life and the suffering of deaths

Companion to: Knowledge

“The patience of Job is proverbial (Job 2:9; 7:2). The patient man quiets strife created by passion (Prov. 15:18); he is to be esteemed above the valiant (Prov. 16:32). The Christian must be patient with those who afflict him (Matt. 5:38-40), rejoicing in tribulations as a trial of virtue (Rom. 5:3). Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed by Paul (Gal. 5:22).” Encyclopedic Dictionary, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

Read more about PATIENCE…

(5) Goodness – Inclines us to wish to do good to everyone without distinction

Companion to: Fortitude

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us…

“Justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (2Cor 6:11), “sanctified … [and] called to be saints,” (1Cor 1:2). Christians have become the temple of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1Cor 6:19).

This “Spirit of the Son” teaches them to pray to the Father (cf. Gal 4:6) and, having become their life, prompts them to act so as to bear “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22, 25) by charity in action. Healing the wounds of sin, the Holy Spirit renews us interiorly through a spiritual transformation (cf. Eph 4:23).

He enlightens and strengthens us to live as “children of light” through “all that is good and right and true” (Eph 5: 8-9). ~CCC§1695, emphasis added

With our wounds healed we are then reminded that…

Read more about GOODNESS…

(6) Benignity – Results from goodness; it is goodness in words and actions

Companion to: Fortitude

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that…

God is the Sovereign Master of His plan. But to carry it out He also makes use of His creatures’ cooperation. This use is not a sign of weakness, but rather a token of almighty God’s greatness and goodness. For God grants His creatures not only their existence, but also the dignity of acting on their own, of being causes and principles for each other, and thus of cooperating in the accomplishment of His plan. ~CCC§306, emphasis added

Think about that…God doesn’t need us, but He desires us so much so that He allows us to participate in HIS GLORY!..

Read more about Benignity…

We now come to a very important FRUIT of the HOLY SPIRIT…

(7) Long Suffering – Preserves patience over a long period of time, even though no
encouragement is to be seen

Companion to: Knowledge

Christ died out of love for us, while we were still “enemies,” (Rom 5:10). The Lord asks us to love as He does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ Himself, (cf. Mt 5:44; Lk 10:27-37; Mk 9:37; Mt 25:40, 45). The Apostle Paul has given an incomparable depiction of charity:

“…charity is patient and kind, charity is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Charity does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” ~ 1 Cor 13:4-7

~ CCC§1825

Remember, Charity is ANOTHER word for LOVE…

St. Paul also reminds us that…

“… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s LOVE has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” ~Romans 5: 1-5, emphasis added


The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of Him who “first loved us”(1Jn 4:19)…

For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to  glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brethren… ~ Hebrews 2: 10-11, emphasis added

“If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages . . . we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for Him who commands . . . we are in the position of children.” ~ St. Basil, Reg. fus. tract., prol. 3, emphasis added

~ CCC§1828


Resist him [that is the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~1Peter 5: 9-11, 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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