Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Goodness

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 10, 2012

Does your life reflect Christ?

A brief recap…

(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…

THE SECOND FRUIT… JOY!

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

Companion to UNDERSTANDING and PIETY

 “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…

AND NOW COMES…

(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…

The way of Christ “leads to life”; a contrary way “leads to destruction,” (Mt 7:13; cf. Deut 30:15-20).  The Gospel parable of the two ways remains ever present in the catechesis of the Church; it shows the importance of moral decisions for our salvation: “There are two ways, the one of life, the other of death; but between the two, there is a great difference,” (Didache 1, 1). ~CCC§1696, emphasis added

So in the truest sense of reality, we are called to live in God’s “goodness and wisdom” for it was in this that…

“It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal Himself and to make known the mystery of His Will. His Will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature.” ~CCC§51, emphasis added

A divine nature that is only possible because of Jesus Christ…

God, who “dwells in unapproachable light,” wants to communicate His own divine life to the men He freely created, in order to adopt them as His sons in His only-begotten Son, (1 Tim 6:16, cf. Eph 1:4-5). By revealing Himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to Him, and of knowing Him, and of loving Him far beyond their own natural capacity. ~CCC§52, emphasis added

To re-echo from the posting on PEACE

By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” (cf. Gal 5: 22-23).  “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit,” (Gal 5:25; cf. Mt 16:24-26).

“Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” ~ St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto, 15, 36.

~ CCC§736, emphasis added

To refute our Relativist World that tells the lie, “it depends greatly on your own point of view”…

A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, AND of the circumstances together.  An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting “in order to be seen by men”).

The object of the choice can by itself vitiate [destroy] an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts – such as fornication – that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil. ~ CCC§1755, emphasis added

Because…

It isan error to judge the morality of human acts by considering ONLY the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context.

There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery.

ONE MAY NOT DO EVIL SO THAT GOOD MAY RESULT FROM IT. ~CCC§1756, emphasis added

“This is a hard teaching…who can stand it?” (cf. John 6:60b)

It does tell us WE ARE CULPABLE, and RESPONSIBLE for our actions – ALL OF THEM…

They did not serve Thee in their kingdom, and in Thy great goodness which Thou gavest them, and in the large and rich land which Thou didst set before them;

And they did not turn from their wicked works. Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that Thou gavest to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves.” ~Neh 9:35-36,emphasis added

Does not the above passage describe our very world?

And yet, if we would only turn back to God with our whole hearts, seeking His GOODNESS…

I will recount the steadfast LOVE of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel which He has granted them according to His mercy, according to the abundance of His steadfast love. ~Isaiah 63:7

…the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to His goodness in the latter days. ~Hosea 3:5

Though this passage originally speaks of the days before the birth of Christ, I believe it
also speaks directly to our days as we await His return… For Sacred Scripture is timeless…
But Jesus will return not as the gentle Savior, but as the Just Judge

SO WAKE UP!  REPENT!

The day of JUSTICE will soon be at hand.  But my HOPE is in the LORD…

Be strong and take heart, all you who HOPE in the LORD. ~Ps 31:25 (NAB)

For He chastises those whom He LOVES best…

“Not for vengeance did the Lord put them in the crucible to try their hearts, nor has He done so with us. It is by way of admonition that He chastises those who are close to Him.” Judith 8:27

THEREFORE…

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD! ~Psalm 27: 3-4

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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