Confirmation - Lesson 13
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
If we are really allowing the Holy Spirit to flourish within us, the fruits should be bubbling forth in our lives. Those fruits are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Matthew 7: 17-20
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How do we care for a growing tree to help it produce fruit?
Fear of the Lord
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are produced in a faith life that is nurtured and cared for throughout your life. They are observable behaviors of people who have allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to be effective in them.
The seed of Faith is planted in our soul at our baptism – a gift from God through your parents and God-parents.
As we get older, the tree of our faith life grows. The choices we make, give our life shape and direction – just like the branches of a tree.
Some branches on a tree have leaves on them and some just take nourishment away from the life-giving branches. Some choices we make will bring us life and keep our souls healthy while other choices will make our souls sick.
Therefore, we need to take care of our souls by nourishing our faith.
The sun represents God. Prayer - Spending time talking, listening and being with God helps us to know God and grow closer to him.
Learning about God by reading the Bible, going to catechism, reading about the lives of the saints and listening to the homily at Mass enriches our faith life and makes it stronger – just as fertilizing the soil around a tree gives it nutrients.
Just as water feeds a tree and helps it stay alive, going to Mass regularly and participating in the sacrament of reconciliation gives us the strength to continue to grow in our faith.
Gardeners will often prune trees (get rid of unwanted branches) to keep the tree the right shape and to make the other branches stronger.
We need to cut off or trim down those things in our life that bring sickness to our souls or lead us in the wrong direction – away from God.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us at our baptism. As we root our lives in God’s ways and we use the gifts to serve the Church, our faith grows deeper and stronger.
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit are the result which is produced when we nourish and take care of our faith. When our faith life is healthy, other’s faith can also be nourished and strengthened by our living it and sharing it with them.
"You did not choose me but I chose you.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last ..."
John 15: 16
As Christians, we are expected to manifest the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives. These twelve fruits are different from the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are freely given to us at our baptism and perfected through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The seven gifts are available for us to draw from and use when we need them, while the twelve fruits are the behaviours and actions that are produced when we use the gifts and grow in faith. We are expected to manifest these fruits in our lives as Christians.
Saint Paul lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit in his letter to the Galatians:
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Galatians 5: 22-23
There are two versions of this text and the first version features only nine traditional fruits. The longer text which Saint Jerome used in his Latin translation of the Bible includes three more - goodness, modesty and chastity..
The Latin translation of the Bible is known as the Vulgate and it is the official Biblical text that the Catholic Church uses. This is why we are taught that there are 12 fruits and not nine.
Discussion / Reflection
Which person in your life would you like to fill with joy?
How would a lack of self-control make it harder to experience the other eleven fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Which of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit do people see most in you?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Holiness Focus ...
The Fruit of Gentleness - mildness of speech, temperament, and behaviour; kindness and tenderness
Who do you know who exemplifies the virtue of gentleness?
In what ways is God calling you to be gentle with others?
How is God inviting you to gentle with yourself?
Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.
Prayer of Saint Augustine
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