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70. Fruits of the Holy Ghost

1. What proceeds from man's reason is a fruit ofreason. What proceeds from man by the working in him of a higherpower is the fruit of that higher power. Hence, the actionof a man which proceedsfrom him as the product of what isimplanted in him, like a seed, by the Holy Ghost, is the fruit ofthe Holy Ghost.

2. The beatitudes are perfect works; the fruits of theHoly Ghost are virtuous and delightful works. The beatitudes arefruits; but not all fruits are beatitudes.

3. The fruits of the Holy Ghost are enumerated by St. Paul(Gal. 5:22-23): charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness,long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.

4. In general, the sensitive appetites tend to draw man togoods less than himself; the fruits tend to lift man to what isgreater than himself, not only as lying beyond the reach of sense,but beyond the reach of natural reason. Hence there is contrast andopposition between the works of the flesh and the fruits.

"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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