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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.

"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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