Title

Subtitle

 

 

THE TWELVE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

http://www.sabecorse.net/all12fruits.htm 

 

Listed below are all 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit, complete with links to New American Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church references.

 

Please click HERE for a printer friendly version of all 12 Fruits.

 

 ________________________________

 

CHARITY - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (1 of 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitcharity.htm

 

Charity, also one of the 3 Theological Virtues, is about self-giving love as opposed to self-seeking love. Most of us know love as desiring something or someone. This is the kind of love the Greeks called Eros, a powerful and necessary kind of love, but one that is meant to grow into the self-giving love that the Gospel calls charity. Charity is a participation in God's unconditional love. The growth of charity leads to self-surrender to God and to the compassionate love of others. The quality of Christ's love is the source of its vitality; the continual tender and loving awareness of the presence of God is its reward. Where does this charity come from? By the Holy Spirit, it is being infused into us in the silent seedbed of contemplative prayer.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Matthew 25:34-46 shares with us the treasures bestowed upon those extending Charity as well as the eternal fire that awaits those who do not: 

 

34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 176 references to CHARITY in the CCC. Click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

apathy and indifference contrary to, 2094; call to, 1694, 2013; catechesis and, 25, 1967, 1971; communion in, 953, 1475; destroyed by mortal sin, 1855-56, 1861, 1874; heart as the seat of, 1853; indulgence and, 1478; information and, 2489, 2494-95, 2497; as loving one's neighbor, 1822-29; "never ends," 25; offended and wounded by venial sin, 1855, 1863, 1875; wipes away venial sins, 1394, 1472. See also Love.

charity and sacraments: Baptism and, 1269, 1273, 1997, 2156, 2165; catechumens and, 1248-49; Eucharist as the sacrament of, 1323, 1394-95, 1416; marriage and, 1570, 1654; sacrament of Reconciliation and, 1434, 1466; sacramental life and growth in, 1134; sacraments of initiation and advancement in, 1212;

charity as Christian moral life: charisms and, 800, 2003; chastity and, 2346; as the form of the virtues, 826, 1827, 1841, 1844; freedom and, 1740; fruit of, 1825, 1829; as the goal of our actions, 1829; peace as the fruit of, 2304; as the perfection of Christian life, 1844, 1973; prayer and, 2098, 2662, 2806; virtue of religion and, 2095;

charity as witness and service: among the members of the Mystical Body, 791; the Church as the community of, 771, 815, 834; deacons and the service of, 1570, 1588, 1596; family as the school of Christian, 1657, 1666, 2204-05; love of country and the order of, 2239; Mary as the model of, 967-68; material goods and the order of, 2401, 2439, 2451, 2459, 2545; parish as a place of, 2179; religious life and, 915-16, 926; renunciation of violent action and the witness of, 2306; saints as a model of, 2156, 2165; secular institutes and, 928; as a social commandment, 1889; society of apostolic life and, 930; solidarity and, 1939, 1942; as the soul of the apostolate, 864; towards neighbor, 1789, 1878, 1931-32, 2447, 2462;

theological virtues of charity, 1813, 1822, 1826, 1841, 1844; faith and, 162, 1794, 1814, 2093; and the freedom of the children of God, 1828; grace of Christ as the source of, 2011; hope and, 1818, 2090; as love of God and neighbor, 1822, 1840, 1844, 2055, 2086, 2093; as loving according to Christ's love, 1823, 1825; new Law and, 1965-66, 1968, 1972-74; perseverance in, 1824; as the soul of holiness, 826; as the source of merits, 2011, 2026.

________________________________

 

JOY - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (2 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitjoy.htm 

 

The Greek translation of joy is CHARA, derived from the word CHARIS, which is the Greek word for GRACE. This is important to note, for it tells us categorically that chara is produced by charis of God.

 

This means joy is not a human-based happiness that comes and goes. Rather, true joy is Divine in origin. It is a Spirit-given expression that flourishes best in hard times.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

For example, in 1 Thessalonians 1:6, the Thessalonians were under great stress due to persecution; yet, in the midst of it all, they continued to experience great joy: "And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit…"

 

According to Nehemiah 8:10, "The rejoicing of the Lord is your strength."

 

Hebrews 12:1-2  words it this way: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us 2 while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 46 references to JOY in the CCC. Click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

as the fruit of the Spirit, 736, 1832; of heaven, 1029-30; impediments to, 2094; of the poor, 2546; sources of, 30, 163, 301, 1804, 1829, 2015, 2362; Sunday as the day of, 1193.

________________________________

 

PEACE - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (3 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitpeace.htm

 

Greek translation is EIRENE, which strongly suggests the rule of order in place of chaos. Peace is a tranquility, a state of rest, that comes from seeking after God, or, the opposite of chaos; the traditional Hebrew salutation salom; but Jesus' "Shalom" is a gift of salvation, connoting the bounty of messianic blessing.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Jesus is described, among other names, as the Prince of Peace, Who brings peace to the hearts of those who desire it. As we hear at every Catholic Mass, Jesus declares in John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."

 

Romans 5:1 shares with us, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace  with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…"

 

Romans 15:13 offers, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 56 references to PEACE in the CCC. Click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

Peace, 2304; aids to, 1941, 2015, 2310; defense of, 2302-17; earthly peace as the image of Christ, 2305; education of the conscience and, 1784; as the foundation of the common good, 1909; as the fruit of charity, 1829; as the fruit of the Spirit, 736, 1832; as a gift from God, 1424, 1468; the Lord calls us to, 2302; peacemakers, 1716, 2442; things that threaten, 1938, 2315, 2317.

________________________________

 

PATIENCE - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (4 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitpatience.htm

 

Latin translation is LONGANIMITAS. Greek translations are MAKROTHUMIA and HUPOMONE. The first, pronounced (mak-roth-oo-mee-ah) comes from makros (long) and thumos (temper). The word denotes lenience, forbearance, fortitude, patience, endurance and longsuffering. Also included in makrothumia is the ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment. It describes a person who has the power to exercise revenge but, instead exercises restraint (Strong's #3115).

 

The latter, hupomone, (hoop-om-on-ay) is translated "endurance": Constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patience and endurance. The word combines hupo (under) and mone (to remain). It describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat (Strong's #5281).

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 exhorts:  "4 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,  5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,  6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

 

Hebrews 10:36 tells us what will be required for the path through the Narrow Gate: "You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised."

 

Colossians 1:11 encourages us that we are "strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy."

 

Ephesians 4:2 urges you & I to live in a manner worthy of the call we have all received "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love."

Exuding patience requires us to deny our natural human responses in difficult times, as Matthew 16:24-26 instructs: "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?"

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 15 references to PATIENCE in the CCC. Click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

bearing wrongs patiently as a work of spiritual mercy, 2447; "Charity is patient," 1825; in the family, 2219; as a fruit of the Spirit, 736, 1832; God's, 2822; prayer and patience of faith, 2613.

________________________________

 

KINDNESS - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (5 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitkindness.htm

 

Latin translation is BENIGNITAS. Greek translation is CHRESTOTES (khray-stot-ace), which meant to show kindness or to be friendly to others and often depicted rulers, governors, or people who were kind, mild, and benevolent to their subjects. Anyone who demonstrated this quality of chrestotes was considered to be compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, humane, kind, or gentle.

 

When our free will allows, the Holy Spirit removes abrasive qualities from the character of one under His control.

 

Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return- no conditions and not waiting to be recognized for your accomplishment (pats on the back, personal awards, etc). We do what we do unto the LORD...

 

Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back. It implies kindness no matter what- whether we are being loved on or being persecuted.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

The apostle Paul uses Romans 11:22-23 to depict God's incomprehensible kindness in offering chance after chance for eternal salvation: "See, then, the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who fell, but God’s kindness to you, provided you remain in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again."

 

Titus 3:1-7 "1 Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.  2 They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, 5 not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, 6 whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life."

 

2 Corinthians 6:6-7 suggests that we should live "6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, 7 in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left…"

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 12  references to KINDESS in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

none.

________________________________

 

GOODNESS - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (6 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitgoodness.htm

 

Goodness is holiness put into practice and results from knowing God. Once you have this knowledge, goodness is supernaturally produced in you and bears Fruit if our free will leads us to God's path.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Romans 15:14 shares, "5 I myself am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, 6 filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another."

 

We are guided by Luke 6:27-28 to do good to those who hate us- "27 But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you"- as well as by Galatians 6:9-10 to do good to those of the household faith: "9 Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. 10 So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith."

 

1 Peter 1:22-2:1-3 gives us clear instruction on the importance of goodness: "22 Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a [pure] heart.  23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, 24 for: “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.  Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander;  2 like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation, 3  for you have tasted that the Lord is good."

 

Psalms 23:6 offers, "Indeed, goodness and mercy  will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for endless days."

 

Psalms 52:5-7 warns those who do not offer goodness to their fellow man: "5 You love evil more than good, lying rather than saying what is right. 6 You love all the words that create confusion, you deceitful tongue. 7 God too will strike you down forever, he will lay hold of you and pluck you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living."

It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. That's why we need to be good to ALL people. Our witness won't have any power unless we are kind with ONLY those who are kind to us. We are called to be bright lights in a dark world, and we must not pick and choose when to shine that light…

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 62 references to GOODNESS in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

of Christ and the law of the sabbath, 2173; of creation, 299, 302, 339, 353, 1333, 1359; freedom and growth in, 172; as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, 1695; of God- in all His works, 214, 284, 299; creatures, creation, and, 1, 214, 284, 293, 295, 299, 308, 759, 970; God as wisdom and, 239, 308, 310, 311, 759, 1951, 2086, 2500, 2828; and His gifts to the Church, 750; man's sin and, 215, 397, 1869, 2091, 2094, 2119, 2307; the participation of creatures in, 306, 319, 1954, 1978; the revelation and, 51, 101; toward men, 41, 294, 396, 842, 1050, 1722, 2009, 2784 (see also God); Holy Spirit gives, 736, 1832; of human acts, 1754-55, 1760; of marriage, 1613.

________________________________

 

GENEROSITY - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (7 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitgenerosity.htm

 

Derived from the Latin word generōsus, which means "of noble birth," which itself was passed down to English through the Old French word generous.

 

We are to extend ourselves to all of mankind, especially the most needy. To do so, we are emulating Jesus who went after the one lost sheep. To love is to give. God loves us and He gives us everything He wants us to have.

 

When we give, as our Lord encourages, we truly deny ourselves. Generosity must be done in silence in order to merit grace from God and not merely the thanksgiving of mortal men. It is very easy to be generous to our relatives or friends but that is not generosity since we will be repaid for that with friendship, thanksgiving and praise. Generosity must extend to the poor and the needy. It is a quest for justice as we have the work of God to provide for those who don't have.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

As Matthew 5:39-48 shares with us, we are not to be generous with only those we love or those who love us: "39 But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.  40 If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. 41 Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  46 For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? 48 So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 9 references to GENEROSITY in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

none.

________________________________

 

GENTLENESS- FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (8 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitgentleness.htm

 

Latin translation is MANSUETUDO.  Gentleness, in the Greek, PRAOTES, is commonly known as meekness. The word is best translated 'meekness' - not as an indication of weakness- but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Galatians 6:1 points out to us: "Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted."

 

Ephesians 4:1-6 encourages us to be unfailingly gentle in all seasons: "1 I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, 3 striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: 4 one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;  5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 6 references to GENTLENESS in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

153, 395, 736, 1832, 2219. See also the Meek.

________________________________

 

FAITHFULNESS - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (9 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitfaithfulness.htm

 

Latin translation is fides. Faithfulness hinges upon what we value as important combined with commitment. Humans have a powerful tendency to be faithful to what they think is truly important, be it a family name, spouse, friendship, employer, school, athletic team or even certain things like a make of automobile.

 

This tendency was an issue when the disciples decided to follow Peter's lead and return to their fishing trade after Jesus' death and resurrection.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

In John 21:15-17, Jesus pointedly asks Peter three times whether he loved Him: "15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep."

 

The first time, Jesus asks whether Peter loved Him "more than these," referring either to his fellow apostles or the tools of his fishing trade. The inference is inescapable: Jesus wanted Peter to hold Him of greater importance than anything on Earth. Considering Peter's weighty responsibility, he could not be faithful to Jesus without the staunchest commitment to Him as most important of all in his life (see agape Love above).

The meaning to us is clear. We must love Christ supremely, or we do not love Him much, if at all. If we are not willing to give up all earthly possessions, forsake all earthly friends, and obey Him above all others—including our own carnal desires—to be faithful to Him, our attachment to Him is tenuous at best. Is such a proposition too much?

 

Holding true to the course God has laid before us is difficult amid this world's many alluring distractions clamoring for our time and attention. This world is attractive to human nature and bids us to expend our energies in self-satisfaction. Jesus warns all who take up their cross that the way is difficult and narrow, requiring a great deal of vision and discipline to be faithful to His cause. Some have completed the course. Those who held God and His way in the highest esteem in their lives are awaiting those of us traveling the path now. Will we be faithful as they were?

 

The Love that Jesus has for each one of us is spelled out in Lamentations 3:22-23: "22 The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent;  23 They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness!"

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 21 references to FAITHFULNESS in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

none.

________________________________

 

MODESTY - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (10 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitmodesty.htm

 

We must conduct our lives with humility, not claiming any credit for ourselves, but giving all credit and thanksgiving to God by accepting His Holy Will. When we get "puffed up" - thinking we can do things on our own or when we feel we have accomplished something we are proud of without giving God any glory or thanks- we distance ourselves from the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

Modesty is an essential base for humility; it may appear mediocre in the eyes of man, but not in the eyes of God. By this fruit of the Holy Spirit one learns to be contented with what is just required. One doesn't harbor any ambitions, nor take pride in any  achievements since they appear commonplace.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, was born in a very dire surroundings, the son of very poor parents and surrounded by poverty. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary with the Good News of the coming Messiah, she replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her (Luke 1:38).  By her modest response, Mary didn't become proud of such a gift. She kept it to herself, risking to be divorced publicly as she was a virgin. Joseph found out in a dream (Matthew 1:20) through the message of an angel that Mary had conceived the Savior of the world through the action of the Holy Spirit.

 

In James 4:6, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble: "4 But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 6 references to MODESTY in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

of the body, 2523; definition of, 2521-22; purity requires, 2521, 2533; as a sign of human dignity, 2524.

________________________________

 

SELF-CONTROL - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (11 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitselfcontrol.htm

 

Latin translation is CONTINENTIA, while the Greek rendition of self-control is "ENKRATEIA. The Greek word used in Galatians 5:23 is "egkrateia," which means having command or "mastery over" (krat- as in "autocrat"), or possession of, "one's own behavior."

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

2 Peter 1:5-7 exhorts us to do just that: ""5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, 7 devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 2 references to SELF CONTROL in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

none.

________________________________

 

CHASTITY - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (12 OF 12)

http://www.sabecorse.net/fruitchastity.htm

 

Chastity moderates desire for sexual pleasure, the body’s most imperious passion, according to principles of faith and right reason. The practice of chastity is control of our thoughts and discipline of our senses, especially the eyes. It is greatly assisted by modesty and purity.

 

NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Matthew 5:28 shares with us the standard of Jesus Christ himself:  "But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

 

With God’s grace, may we all be chaste. In Matthew 5:8, Jesus - through the Beatitudes- tells us that being so is a blessing. "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God." Amen.

 

Mark 7:21-23 warns us: "21 From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. 23 All these evils come from within and they defile."

 

1 Corinthians 3:16-17: "16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy."

 

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

(CCC) REFERENCES

 

There are 30 references to CHASTITY in the CCC. Please click HERE to review them (available on line only).

 

Those listed below are taken from the Index:

 

and Baptism, 2345, 2348, 2355; call to, 2337, 2348, 2394; and charity, 2346; conjugal chastity and marriage, 2365, 2368; consecrated life and, 915, 944; following Christ and, 2053; friendship and, 2347; Holy Spirit at the origin of the virtue of, 1832, 2345; and homosexuality, 2357-59; increase in, 2343; meaning of, 2395; offenses against, 2351-56, 2396; pure hearts and, 2518, 2520, 2532; stages of growth in, 2339, 2341, 2344, 2346, 2395; and states of life, 2348-50; temperance, the virtue that directs, 2341; of those engaged to marry, 1632, 2350.

QUICK LINKS TO ALL PAGES!

SOCIAL MEDIA

AOD APC/VPC/PPC HANDBOOK

AOD JOB POSTINGS