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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit… CHARITY

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 22, 2018

There’s a lot of CHARITY to go around… Have some!

Last week I wrote about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, this week I’m writing about the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and guess what?!  There are EXACTLY 12 DAYS before we begin the Novena (9 Days of Prayer) to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost!!!  I mean, how cool is that?!  I LOVE GOD’S TIMING! 🙂

12 FRUITS of the HOLY SPIRIT : CHARITY

(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)…

“In the New Testament the word charity occurs with great frequency, usually as the translation of the Greek agape, the exact meaning of which, especially in the writings of Paul and John, has been the subject of a great deal of discussion. What is clear, however, and beyond dispute, is that charity (or love) is the most excellent of the virtues, the fulfillment of all the law, the sum of all the commandments, the bond of perfection (Matt. 22:36-40; Rom. 13:9-10; 1 Cor. 13; Col. 3:14; 1 Tim. 1:5; etc.).”~Ibid, emphasis added

There is something else about Charity, it’s a…

…theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. ~ CCC§1822

Which means that…

“…To have charity is to TO LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS FOR HIMSELF [cf. 1Jn 4:10], and to be ready to renounce all created things rather than offend Him by serious sin. However, it is not necessary that we have more feeling in our love of God than in our love of men, since LOVE IS ESSENTIALLY A MATTER OF THE WILL, not of the feelings

It’s a CHOICE, people!  You either CHOSE to Love or you CHOSE to Hate, there is NO IN-BETWEEN…

The most famous Biblical passage on charity is 1 Cor. 13.” ~Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

We are told emphatically…

Jesus makes charity the new commandment (cf. Jn 13:34).   By loving His own “to the end” (cf. Jn 13:1), He makes manifest the Father’s [LOVE] which He receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the [LOVE] of Jesus which they themselves receive.

Whence Jesus says: “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you; abide in My [LOVE].” And again: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (cf. Jn 15: 9, 12).  ~CCC§1823, emphasis added

Therefore…

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [Charity], I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love [Charity], I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love [Charity], I gain nothing.” ~1Cor 13: 1-3, emphasis added

 “If I . . . have not charity,” says the Apostle, “I am nothing.” Whatever my privilege, service, or even virtue, “if I . . . have not charity, I gain nothing.”~CCC§1826

Or as Shakespeare even borrowed to say,  “It is merely sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Thus we must remember this VERY IMPORTANT TRUTH about CHARITY= LOVE…

Love [Charity] is patient and kind; Love [Charity] is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.

Love [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.

Love [Charity] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~1Cor 13: 4-7, emphasis added

So faith, hope, LOVE [Charity] abide, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE [Charity]. ~1 Cor 13:13, emphasis added

LASTLY BUT NOT LEASTLY…

On the subject of the PRACTICE of CHARITY, Christ tells us that…

“‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink?

And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee?

And when did we see Thee sick or in prison, and visit Thee?’

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you did it to Me.’” ~Mt 25: 37b-40, emphasis added

Because…

Fruit of the Spirit and fullness of the Law, charity keeps the commandments of God and His Christ: “Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My [LOVE]” (cf. Jn 15:9-10; cf. Mt 22:40; Rom 13:8-10).
~ CCC§1824,
emphasis added

Christ died out of love for us, while we were still “enemies.” 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. ~CCC§1825

On the subject of mutual charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. ~1Cor 4:9 (NAB), emphasis added.

TO CONCLUDE…

For charity delivers from death and keeps you from entering the darkness; and for all who practice it charity is an excellent offering in the presence of the Most High. ~Tobit 4: 10-11, emphasis added,

Sound familiar?… ps You can LOVE your enemy and not LIKE them… Love is NOT like… so no excuses…

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For the Next Two Weeks…The Fruits of the Holy Spirit…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 20, 2018

12 Fruits?…I don’t think so…

12 FRUITS: AN INTRODUCTION

Did you know there were 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Huh?  What are you talking about?

Question:  Who IS the Holy Spirit?

Answer: We first learn of God the Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Holy Trinity, in the first book of the Bible…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. ~Gen 1: 1-2

King David later writes about the Holy Spirit imploring God not to take Him away…

Do not drive me from Your presence, nor take from me Your Holy Spirit. ~Ps 51:13

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…Three in One

And the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us…

Through His grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life,… ~CCC§684

To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is One of the Persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.” … ~CCC§685

The Holy Spirit is at work with the Father and the Son from the beginning to the completion of the plan for our salvation…  ~CCC§686

Which is why it IS imperative that the Holy Spirit be called upon for US still on our earthly pilgrimage in the Church Militant…

“… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8

And remember the times we’re now living in and how Our Blessed Mother has called us especially to PRAYER during these days:

Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion… Jan 25, 2018, Monthly Message to Marjia, in part and emphasis added.

So why wouldn’t this amazing Advocate have gifts just for US, the Children of God?…

When we cry, “Abba! Father!”, it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are Children of God,… ~Romans 8: 15c-16

Okay, okay, He probably would.  But why twelve?

Question: How many tribes of Israel are we told of ?

It’s 12!

Answer: That’s right, it’s 12.

Okay, it’s twelve.  What’s your point?

Question: What is significant about these 12 tribes?

Answer: They were CHOSEN BY GOD to be HIS people!

No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations

I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you.

And I will establish my covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

8 And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

*NOTE: to those who are trying to undo Israel’s State and rightful possession of the land they are currently in, and to those shameful folks who call themselves Christian and are supporting this, *WARNING!*  You are invoking God’s Holy wrath…not a wise thing to do…

Warning taken…but the connection is still unclear

As WE are also the Children of God, then we too have been “grafted onto the vine” that is Israel…

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). 

[The more] “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit.” (cf. Gal 5:25; Mt 16: 24-26). ~CCC§736

So, as an honorary part of the the 12 tribes of Israel – thus fulfilling the promise of Father Abraham’s descendants to be as “numerous as the sands” (cf. Gen 13:16) –  for without the added family, this would not be true, and God is ALWAYS faithful and TRUE! – we are able to come before the God of Israel, who IS our God and Father, and be made part of the promise of His heavenly kingdom…

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, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, c.329-379.

Twelve Tribes – a complete family – 12 Fruits of the Spirit – a complete way of LIFE and of LIVING HOLINESS…

The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. ~CCC§1830

There is that word again… Holiness … is that what this is all about?

But of course!  Hadn’t I suggested and hadn’t YOU been practicing and/or putting into practice learned Holiness these last 5 weeks of Easter, and before that during the 40 Days of Lent?  It’s all geared to help keep YOU on that path of Holiness that God calls EACH OF US to experience.  And looking at the 12 Fruits of the Spirit, one can see that this is a definite way to continue on that path.

LET US PRAY…

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul. I adore You, enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.  Tell me what I should do.  Give me Your orders.  I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me, and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.  Let me only know Your Will.

Holy Spirit, send forth the Twelve Fruits of  Your Spirit (Gal 5: 22-23) , renew and burn into our hearts their virtues so that we may bear the good fruit of which they produce:

1. Charity – Cause us to perform our actions out of love for God
2. JoyKeeps us happily aware of God’s infinite goodness
3. Peace – Results from joy and renders us tranquil
4. Patience – Resigns us to endure the disagreeable circumstance of life and the
suffering of deaths

Gonna Add a special section between these two on the Virtues: continuation from previous week.

5. Goodness – Inclines us to wish to do good to everyone without distinction
6. Benignity – Results from goodness; it is goodness in words and actions
7. Long Suffering – Preserves patience over a long period of time, even though no
encouragement is to be seen
8. Mildness – Restrain our angers

9. Faith – Makes one faithful and upright in dealing with others
10. Modesty – Produces moderation in external actions
11. Continence – Restrains illicit passion and assists in self control
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

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory.

“The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: “charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity (Gal 5: 22-23) ~CCC§1832

Now, take four at a time for the next four days and START putting them into PRACTICE.

Awwh, Man!  I knew there’d be some kind of homework… 🙂

Most certainly!

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