Fruits of the Spirit
- are charity, joy, peace, meekness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, long-suffering and self-control
- are indications of God’s presence and action in our lives
- activate and bring to maturity the graces of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
- are the direct opposite of the bitter fruits of the false self
- grow together with the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
- manifest in daily life
- fill one with a divine energy and spontaneity, along with an ever-increasing sensitivity to the Spirit’s initiatives
- BP: 45
- AW: 90-91
- MC: 31-32
- FG: 13-25
The Fruits of the Spirit are indications of God’s presence at work in us in varying degrees and forms. Through the Fruits, the Spirit is becoming a reality in our lives. By manifesting the fruits in daily life we bear witness to the resurrection of Christ in a most profound manner.
The Fruits of the Spirit are nine aspects of the mind of Christ. They are listed by St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, 5: 22-23. They activate and bring to maturity the graces of Baptism and Confirmation. They are the direct opposites of the bitter fruits of the false self, listed in Galatians 5: 19-21: promiscuity, licentiousness, enmity, contention, jealousy, quarreling, factionalism and envy.
The Fruits of the Spirit grow together with the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. Among these fruits, St. Paul distinguishes charity, joy, peace, meekness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, long-suffering and self control. They are the ripe fruits of the process of transformation and are indications of God’s presence at work in us in varying degrees and forms. Through the fruits, the Holy Spirit becomes a reality in our lives.
By manifesting the fruits in daily life, we bear a profound witness to the resurrection of Christ. It is not so much preaching or teaching, but our rootedness in the Spirit that communicates Christ’s life to the people around us. If we are rooted in the Spirit, these fruits inevitably appear.
The Fruits of the Spirit are the new wine of the Gospel filling us with the divine energy and with a spontaneity that increases our sensitivity to the initiatives of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Fruits prove that Christ is living in us and transforming us into witnesses of his continuing presence in the world.
The Fruits of the Spirit are ways of manifesting God. They are symptoms of the awakening and emerging True Self.
Do you have “the mind of Christ?” In your daily life, what are some indications of the Fruits of the Spirit?
Recognize the Fruits of the Spirit in everyday life.