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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Chastity

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 17, 2012

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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