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The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Fruitfulness was part of the discussion of last night’s Lenten programme, in our parish.

Are we fruitful Christians?

I asked about a definition of being fruitful, and Br. mentioned the
Fruits of the Holy Ghost.

Charity

Joy

Peace

Patience

Benignity ( Kindness)

Goodness

Long-suffering

Mildness

Faith

Modesty

Continency ( Self control)

Chastity

These are related to the Gifts of the Holy Ghost ( wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord) , since the gifts help us to discern the will of God and to be ready to do the will of God. Some of the effects of the gifts of the Holy Ghost are, in fact, the Fruits of the Holy Ghost.

Do we manifest these fruits in our lives?

It was an interesting discussion. Some people seem to know that they are being fruitful, even if they will not see fruits until eternity.

Others of us doubt our fruitfulness.

Gerry and I stayed up late discussing this last night and I plan to chat about fruitfulness with the kids today.
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