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Life in the Vine
Parent Letter: Life in the Vine
We are blessed with gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. The gifts are tools, which we received at Baptism and were strengthened at Confirmation, that help us live a holy life and choose holy actions despite difficulties. The fruits are the results or effects of living in a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 11:2-3 lists seven gifts that would belong to the Anointed One and His people, the Church. These gifts sustain our moral life, and are “permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.”
o Wisdom: the ability to see God’s plan and have faith in Him.
o Understanding: the ability to comprehend the truths of God.
o Counsel: the ability to discern good and evil.
o Fortitude: courage and strength to suffer for our faith.
o Knowledge: a deeper ability to see things as God sees them.
o Piety: understanding who we are in relation to God and leading us to humble prayer.
o Fear of the Lord: a fear of separating ourselves from Him and being in awe of God and who He is.
By our Baptism, we have these gifts. At Confirmation, these gifts were strengthened.
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Those who live in the vine of Christ, produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The tradition of the Church lists twelve: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
(John 15:5-6 , CCC 1832)
The more we renounce ourselves and abide in the vine of Christ, the more we can be an example for our children in how they can live by the Spirit and bear fruit.
Which gift do you desire most? Individually and as a family? Why?
Which fruit would you like more of in your life and that of your family (charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity)? Why?
Sent by Victoria Maldonado on Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00PM