The Holy Spirit is Active
Paul writes in his Letter to the Galatians “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is now law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). According to Paul, these nine attributes sum up Christian life. In Catholic, and other Church traditions, there are 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. To better understand the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, turn to Matthew’s Gospel: Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:17-20). This passage helps us understand the observable behaviors of people who have allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to be active in their lives. Here are the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit and their meanings.