The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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"The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit" by Michael Carrillo (CatholicMom.com)

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I have never been much of a memorizer. The older I get the less memorizing I do. Cell phones are probably the worst invention for me because now I do not even memorize phone numbers. I just look up a contact, push that name, and the phone dials the number for me. There is no point memorizing phone numbers anymore. In that same vein, I have a hard time remembering the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you cannot seem to remember them either, here are some tips I use.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Isaiah 11:2-3 lists the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for us. They are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and fear of the Lord.

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (5:22-23) we find listed the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The Differences Between the Gifts and Fruits

To me, the Gifts seem to be internal and intangible within us. Yet, we know they are there. Others may recognize them within us more readily than we ourselves can. The Fruits appear to be the outward and recognizable actions we do.

 How I Came to Remember the Fruits

While analyzing the Fruits I noticed that there was something very familiar about them. It dawned on me that St. Paul put them into context in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the “Love is Patient” verse; almost every point describes one of the Fruits. That simplified for me remembering a great many of the Fruits.

Upon Further Analysis

If we take the “Love is Patient” verse we can do a self-evaluation by inserting the word “I” in place of “Love.” In other words, “I am Patient, I am kind …” In doing this we can see if we are living up to the Fruits the Holy Spirit gives us. Paul was stressing that we need to have love in everything we do.

Let’s take this one step further. We learn from 1 John 4:8 that, “God is love.” So then, every time we read the “Love is Patient” verse we are seeing the embodiment of God. Think about it. God is every one of those points that Paul pointed out.

Conclusion

I admit, I still don’t have the Gifts memorized, but since there are only six, with a little effort, it should not be a problem to learn them if I put my mind to it.

May the Holy Spirit provide you abundantly with Gifts that will bear you much Fruit. May your Fruit be a testament to the world about God’s love and through your Fruit others will see the Father.


Copyright 2017 Michael T Carrillo

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Michael Carrillo is a retired police officer from a large California metropolitan police department. He is married to Vicki and they have five adult children between them. He is an unabashed fan of Jesuit education, though he regrets not obtaining one himself. Day hikes and walks give him opportunities and inspirations to look for and find God.

3 Comments

  1. That is a great way to remember the Fruits! I have been trying to come up with a catchy phrase using the first letters of each, with no luck whatsoever. Your way is far better because it helps put them into practice! Thanks!

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