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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Benignity

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 11, 2012

“Make me know Thy ways, Oh Lord…”

Previous Fruits…

(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…

Read more about GOODNESS…

Today’s FRUIT comes from 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!

Make me to know Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths.  Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation; for Thee I wait all the day long. ~ Ps 25: 4-5

Because…

God created the world to show forth and communicate His glory. That His creatures should share in His truth, goodness and beauty – this is the glory for which God created them. ~CCC§319, emphasis added

DIVINE PROVIDENCE…

This leads into the proper understanding of Divine Providence as the Church teaches…

Divine providence works also through the actions of creatures. To human beings God grants the ability to cooperate freely with his plans. ~CCC§323

For…

Christ invites us to filial trust in the providence of our heavenly Father (Cf. Mt 6:26-34), and St. Peter the apostle repeats: “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you” (1 Pt 5:7; cf. Ps 55:23). ~ CCC§322

Phinehas the son of Eleazar is the third in glory, for he was zealous in the fear of the Lord, and stood fast, when the people turned away, in the ready goodness of his soul, and made atonement for Israel. ~ Sirach 45:23, emphasis added

Therefore…

Man participates in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator who gives him mastery over his acts and the ability to govern himself with a view to the true and the good. The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie:

“The natural law is written and engraved in the soul of each and every man, because it is human reason ordaining him to do good and forbidding him to sin . . . But this command of human reason would not have the force of law if it were not the voice and interpreter of a higher reason to which our spirit and our freedom must be submitted.” ~Pope Leo XIII, Libertas praestantissimum, 597

~ CCC§1954, emphasis added

And as such…

The natural law is a participation in God’s wisdom and goodness by man formed in the image of his Creator. It expresses the dignity of the human person and forms the basis of his fundamental rights and duties. ~ CCC§1978, emphasis added

TO CONCLUDE ON NATURAL LAW…

The reader must understand, in no uncertain terms, THAT…

The “divine and natural” law shows man the way to follow so as to practice the good and attain his end. The natural law states the first and essential precepts which govern the moral life. It hinges upon the desire for God and submission to Him, who is the source and judge of all that is good, as well as upon the sense that the other is one’s equal. Its principal precepts are expressed in the Decalogue. This law is called “natural,” not in reference to the nature of irrational beings, but because reason which decrees it properly belongs to human nature:

Where then are these rules written, if not in the book of that light we call the truth? In it is written every just law; from it the law passes into the heart of the man who does justice, not that it migrates into it, but that it places its imprint on it, like a seal on a ring that passes onto wax, without leaving the ring. ~ St. Augustine, De Trin. 14, 15, 21

The natural law is nothing other than the light of understanding placed in us by God; through it we know what we must do and what we must avoid. God has given this light or law at the creation. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas, Dec. praec. I

~CCC§1955, emphasis added

Good and Faithful Servant…

In the words of St. Paul…

I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15: 14-16, 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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