Living in the Two Hearts

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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit…Mildness and Faith

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 20, 2017

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

FAITH…

(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

Therefore…

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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