(Day 8 of Nine days Pentecost fasting and prayer)
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:22
Dear friend in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit is a physical manifestation of a life in the Spirit. Scripture says “So by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:17-20). The fruits of the Holy Spirit are the evidence that He lives in and directs us. If we do not manifest these fruits, then we should know that we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us. These Fruits should be visible in the Christian, for thereby men will know that the Holy Spirit dwells in him, even as the tree is known by its fruits. They are manifested in charity, generosity, joy, gentleness, peace, faithfulness, patience, modesty, kindness, self-control, goodness, chastity. Joy is deep and constant gladness in the Lord that circumstances cannot destroy. It comes from a good relationship with God and others – a relationship of genuine love. Peace: a disciple faithful to God’s will is serene, not overly anxious or upset. (This) comes from knowing that all will work out well because God is with us. Patience, we are confronted with difficulties on a daily basis. (This) is love that is willing to endure life’s suffering, difficulties, and routine. It means not giving up in difficult situations. Goodness, this fruit of the Holy Spirit flows from God’s great love. It is a sign that you love all people without exception and do good to them. Generosity (This) is a willingness to give even at a cost to yourself. It expresses concern for meeting the needs of others even if it means sacrificing something of your own. Self-Control: You can discipline your physical and emotional desires by being modest and respectful of others. With (this) you can be in charge of your emotions and desires instead of the other way around. Kindness (This) is shown by generous acts of service. Kind people are compassionate and considerate. They try to see the best in others. Faithfulness: Keep your promises. You are faithful when you show loyalty to God and to those whom you have committed yourself. (These) people are dependable, trustworthy, and obedient. Modesty: (This) is moderation in all your actions, especially your conversation and external behavior. Modesty is a sign that you gives credit to God for your talents and successes. Gentleness: Strength tempered by love leads you to be gentle, peaceful, and gracious. A person has the power to forgive instead of being angry. When we received the Holy Spirit, all the fruits of the Spirit were planted inside you in seed form. So every Christian has the capacity to manifest these fruits, the ability to develop them, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. Let us conclude today’s reflection with this story, “St. Philip Neri was accustomed to ask daily for the Holy Spirit. On the Feast of Pentecost, 1544, when he again begged most fervently for the graces and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, he became so inflamed with Divine love that he was unable to stand. He sank powerless to the ground and bared his breast, seeking thus to cool his burning heart. Filled with unspeakable joy, he at length arose, but his whole body trembled, so greatly did his heart rejoice in the Lord.”
- Begin your prayer with a worship song.
- Take this prayer: “On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” In the name of Jesus- Amen.
Exercise: Examine your life if they manifest these fruits, and take the prayer of Litany of the Holy Spirit
Memory Verse: Romans 8:5