12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit, in the Catholic Tradition

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…altogether we have 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit in Catholic Tradition. As we can see many  of them speak to zeal, while others in a way that seeks to set forth a virtue rooted in moderateness.

One of the great gifts the Spirit seeks to give us is not a rejection of passion or other human gifts, but a moderation and proper appropriation of them. For God the Holy Spirit has given all the gifts of the World, including beauty, and human passions for a reason and for a good end. But the Fruits of the Spirit are gifts to both to inspire zeal and to regulate and appreciate what God has given for a reason and a purpose. By these gifts we steer a middle ground between rejection and indulgence, excess and defect, enjoyment and hedonism. Modus omnibus in rebus (All things in moderation (including moderation)). The Sequence Hymn for Pentecost says of the Holy Spirit:

Flecte quod est rigidum (Bend what is rigid),
fove quod est frigidum (warm what is cold),
rege quod est devium. (rule what deviates).

And thus we see both zeal and moderation in these gifts and in all things a ruling over anything that deviates. Come Holy Holy Spirit, rule our hearts and inflame them with your love.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #12: President Obama’s lack of grace will surely lead to the downfall of his particular regime.

by Doug Lawrence

It’s historically clear that the majority of the Founding Fathers of the United States truly believed in God and were indeed “cultural” Christians. It’s also true that most of the Fathers were, as is President Obama, anti-Catholic in their particular attitudes and personal beliefs. So, the stark difference in world-view between the original framers of the U.S. Constitution and President Barack Obama likely has little or nothing to do with the Catholic Church, itself.

The Founding Fathers were men who benefited from a traditional classical education, where God, country, family, property, human rights and personal responsibility were recognized as the cornerstones of modern Western civilization. Their subsequent actions reflected their particular beliefs, and the results were nothing less than astounding. In fact, the world has yet to discovered any acceptable substitute.

President Obama’s life journey, belief system and personal world view (from what little we actually know of him, for sure) is the antithesis of the traditional American experience.

The man grew up in foreign lands, he never had any real family or property, he was raised by strangers (some were very strange, indeed), and he was eventually adopted, educated, groomed and promoted by the band of political radicals, perverts and terrorists that presently make up large portions of the membership of the socialist Democratic Party of the United States, which is itself dedicated to supporting and promoting the most radical political agenda the world has ever seen … except perhaps, for a few particularly unfortunate European countries and a handful of communist dictatorships.

President Obama claims to be a Christian, but the fruits he inevitably produces and promotes are not good ones. He stocks his cabinet with radical secularists who promote vice over virtue and the rights of man over God. He stacks the courts in much the same way, and Congress evidently goes along. He looks like a regular family man, with a wife, a dog, two kids and a steady job, but he governs like a radical, perverted, communist dictator who cares little for anything but himself and his particular radical ideology.

The only reasonable explanation for all of this is a profound lack of grace.

Saint Paul tells us that God provides all of us … even non-Christians … with sufficient grace to do what God expects:

And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity… (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When we choose to cooperate with God’s Grace … the wonderful free gift of totally undeserved mercy, goodness, power and wisdom … more is “automatically” provided as necessary, from God’s infinite abundance.

In addition to the actual, physical, easily observable results of that grace, a certain physical and spiritual transformation of the individual also typically occurs. Virtue becomes prized. Vice is summarily rejected. Faith in God “blooms”. Absolute truth is recognized and promoted. Hope for the future (with God’s continued help) proliferates. Love abounds (the charitable kind … not the morally empty, free and cheap kind), human dignity is cherished and affirmed, and the world becomes a better place.

So, if these United States are not in better shape than they were four years ago, the most likely cause is failure to cooperate with God’s grace. Failure of the people in the church. Failure of the people in government. Failure of the people in the corporations. Failure at the highest levels of leadership … particularly this strange President, who appears to actually have so little in common with the people of the United States.

Probably the best example of what happens when we choose to ignore God, reject his grace, and rely only on ourselves can be found in Exodus, chapter 7. Crack open your Bible and take a peek.

In the mean time, referring to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 15-20:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

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