Question of the Day for Thursday, July 4, 2013
Gifts? Or Fruits?
Q. How does the following compare to the fruit of the Spirit?: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal 5:22-23, NRSV). Wouldn’t these also be considered “gifts”?
— Chris Taigel
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
What theology names virtues, gifts and fruits are rooted in God. Thus all are gifts. The theological virtues — faith, hope and charity — unite us to God through our baptism as “[they] are the foundation of Christian moral activity.… They inform and give life to all the moral virtues” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1813). Moral virtues — prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance — are “perfections of intellect and will” (No. 1804) we achieve by human effort. “With God’s help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them” (No. 1810).
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