- is one of the Fruits of the Spirit
- is the disposition that perceives all events as manifestations of God’s love
- is hindered by the illusions of the false self, cultural conditioning and personal sin
- enables us to accept our basic goodness, which is a quantum leap in the spiritual journey
- gives a sense of oneness with the universe and with everything created
- recognizes the beauty of all creation
- deepens gratitude to God for all His gifts
- causes a positive attitude which characterizes our relationship with others
- OMOH: 13, 127, 129
- *OMOH: 11, 158, 160
- FG: 21, 108
- MC: 81-82
- IG: 9
Goodness, as a Fruit of the Spirit, is the affirmation of creation as good, together with a sense of oneness with the universe and with everything created. It sees God more and more in all things and all things in God.
The fundamental goodness of human nature is an essential element of Christian faith. Our basic core of goodness is our True Self. Its center of gravity is God. The acceptance of our basic goodness is a quantum leap in the spiritual journey. While this goodness is dynamic and tends to grow of itself, its growth is hindered by the illusions and emotional programs of the false self, as well as the negative influences which arise from our cultural conditioning and personal sin. Though this growth is bound to be marked by innumerable mistakes, these are insignificant when compared to the awakening of the True Self.
Goodness, as a Fruit of the Spirit, is the affirmation of creation as good, together with a sense of oneness with the universe and with everything created. It is the disposition that perceives the events of life, even tragic events, as manifestations of God’s love. It recognizes the beauty of all creation in spite of the damage that human selfishness imposes on it. As a result, gratitude to God abounds in our hearts and a positive attitude characterizes our relationship with others.
God invites us to consent to the basic goodness of our nature with all its parts. There is no greater affirmation of our goodness than to be affirmed by the divine presence.
Christian life and growth are founded on faith in our basic goodness and in the being that God has given us with its transcendent potential. This gift of being is our True Self. Through the consent of faith, Christ is born in us; He and our True Self become one. Our awakening to the presence and action of the Spirit is the unfolding of Christ’s resurrection in us.
To recognize goodness is to affirm that creation is good.
Have you a sense of oneness with the universe and all creation? What illusions hinder your sense of oneness with everything?
Observe how your sense of goodness grows.