The Twelve Fruits
Meditations on the Holy Ghost by C J Woollen
12 most powerful tools God offers us to change our half-hearted lives To most Catholics, the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are an abstraction. In this minor spiritual classic from 1951, Fr. C.J. Woolen "rescues" the Fruits and shows ordinary laymen how to make them "an inexhaustible reservoir of spiritual energy" -- to draw upon in every daily activity. "The Twelve Fruits are not just aspects of the Christian life which are interesting to speculate on," explains Fr. Woolen. "They have a practical application." But just what is that, for us? CHARITY: Effects of Charity on the Soul * Charity Expressed in Little Acts * Spiritual Works of Mercy * Zeal for the Cause of Christ * The Right Order of Charity * Every Act Can Be a Prayer * Special Merit of Suffering JOY: Joy in Unselfishness * Joy in the Holy Spirit * True and Spurious Joy * Joy of God's Presence * Joy in Its Fullest Fruition PEACE: Conditions for a Just War * Peace and Toleration of Injustice * Peace the Fruit of a Good Conscience * Conflict Usually Precedes True Peace * Action in God's Cause Leads to Peace * Discord Sometimes Invades Good Works * Disharmony Mars Peace of World * Spirit of Christ the Spirit of Peace PATIENCE: Superficial Calm Is Not Patience * Cultivation of Patience in the Home * Patience Is a Rare Virtue Today * Patience With Self and With Others * Patience with Fellow Workers * Patience Needed in Work for Christ * Christ's Patience with the Ungrateful * How God Trains Us in Patience * Practice of Patience in Afflictions BENIGNITY: True and Spurious Kindness * Brusqueness Often a Mask for Kindness * Grace Softens Roughness of Manner * Our Lord as the Model of Kindness * Frankness Often a Kindness * Christ as the Model of Benignity * Influence of Kindly Men * Natural and Supernatural Kindness * Object of True Kindness GOODNESS: Goodness Marks the "Other Christ" * External Works of Charity * Bond Between Christ and the Poor * The Christian Must Be Poor in Spirit * On Seeing Christ in the Poor * Spiritual Element in Service of Neighbor LONGANIMITY: Dangers of Low Spiritual Aims * Conversion a Turning to God * The Importance of Right Choices * Longanimity and Spiritual Tedium * Experiences of the Cure of Ars * Great Saints Met Great Obstacles * Overcoming Obstacles to Good Works * Opposition as a Spur to Zeal MILDNESS: Silence Not Always a Sign of Mildness * Strenth of True Mildness * Mildness a Characteristic of Christlikeness * Effects of True Piety * Right Relations with Our Fellow Men * True Strength of Character and Its Parody * Combat Between Mildness and Arrogance FAITH: Fidelity in Man and Animals * Pagans and Fidelity to God * Fidelity in a Practicing Christian * Fidelity as an Angelic Quality * Fidelity in Our Dealings with Outsiders * Neighborly Charity as a Manifestation of Faith * Fulfillment of All Our Obligations * Spirit of the World Opposed to Faith * Distinguishng the False from the Ture * The Good Compensate for the Ungodly MODESTY: The Error of Manicheism * Is Modesty Out of Date? * Changeable Standards of Morals * Modern Concessions to Lax Standards * Women Not Best Judges of Fashions * Immodesty in Eating and Drinking * Christian Laws of Fast and Abstinence * Purpose of Total Abstinence CONTINENCY: Self-Discipline and Asceticism * Aim of Christian Asceticism * Transformation into the Likeness of Christ * Some Trials of the Continent CHASTITY: The Vow and Virtue of Chastity * Duties of the Married State * Correct Relationship with God * Chastity in Conduct and Thought * St. John of the Cross on Evil Thoughts * Chastity in Conversation "The Fruits of the Spirit are displayed in everyone who is in a state of grace," writes Fr. Woolen. "But the degree of fruition corresponds to the degree of grace arrived at by the soul ... ranging from the newly-formed fruit to mature perfection, and even further to supreme excellence. So that in a discussion of the Twelve Fruits we shall expect to find something for everyone; while the advancing soul will perhaps profit most from it, the beginner is not forgotten." Among the many lessons to be learned: # Praying for others: not the only spiritual work of mercy. Some neglected varieties # The "right order of charity": how to keep duties to family, community, profession, nation and Church in their proper place # The particular kind of charitable work most productive of joy in the giver # How unselfishness in prayer leads to joy even when we don't see the "results" of our intercession # The all-important difference between "joy" and "enjoyment" # How souls can remain in the presence of God even when engaged in a multitude of duties # Why true peace is never secured through spineless surrender, but only through fighting evil # Peace of soul: How a man may be involved deeply in affairs which are warlike or litigious, and yet be at peace # What causes the loss of "peace of mind"? How can it be regained or perfected? # The "distinguishing character" of good works done by a true man of peace # The "unquiet spirit" that sometimes invades work done for God in private or parish # Impatience: often lurking beneath outward calm. Telltale signs # Why patience is necessary for spiritual and moral progress # How God "exercises" our patience, especially in the performance of works of charity and virtue # Patience in suffering: the most difficult to acquire, but also the most fruitful. Secrets of cultivating it # True kindness: how it observes "right order" -- e.g., by putting kindness to human beings before kindness to animals # Why good Christians have good manners # Examples from the Gospels: how Our Lord exemplifies perfect kindness in His deeds and words # When "straight speaking" is a form of kindness -- and when not # Why the man who is consistently kind will have an immense influence for God # Why a man who is well-advanced in spiritual "goodness" is capable of more goodness to others # Developing "longanimity" -- the habit of mind which endures hardship in the spiritual life, and which "produces a state of soul which is balked by nothing" # Venial sins: How giving way in lesser precepts is "training oneself" to give way in the greater # Mildness: a form of strength, not weakness. How it fosters our "right relations" with our fellow men -- and with God # How small acts of kindness operate toward our "progressive sanctification" -- while neglect of performing such acts can accomplish the reverse # How "faith" as a Fruit of the Holy Spirit differs from "faith" as a theological virtue # Modesty: not confined to the outward expression of purity, but to everyday speech, eating and drinking, and other matters # How modesty not only protects purity, but "pays tribute to the dignity and essential purity of sexual functions" # Continency: the control we possess over our evil inclinations, learned only by constant exercise # How continency governs not only the flesh but the temper # Why inordinate "love of pleasure" is sinful -- even when the pleasures to be enjoyed are not in themselves sinful # How chastity is rooted in "fear of the Lord." How it is manifested (or violated) in deeds, thoughts and words # When does "observing" a temptation cross the line into consenting to it? "Supplies a long-felt and needed explanation of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. ... clear, direct and forceful, carrying conviction in every sentence. ... will be welcomed by religious and priests both for private reading and for instruction of adults and older students." -- Ave Maria (1951)
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A lot of people are superstitious (Even some Catholics)
Surprising Mystics by Herbert Thurston P
Spiritual Conferences by Father Frederick Faber
Swift Victory by Walter Farrell, O.P., and Dominic Hughes, O.P.
Do you pray to the Holy Spirit?
The Sword of the Prophet, Code: 1928653111, Sale Price:
The Catholic Bible in Pictures
The Gospel Priesthood by Dom Hubert Van Zeller
Requirements for being a holy and effective priest
The History of Israel by Giuseppe Ricciotti
By far the most readable history of the Old Testament ever written Abbott Giuseppe Ricciotti renders it comprehensible
The New Jerusalem by G K Chesterton
Here's how leading Catholics once could talk about the Middle East
The New Psychologies by Rudolph Allers
Freud's dogma of psychology-without-a-soul Dr. Rudolph Allers demolished it in his "brilliant pages on the new psychologies and the old faith" (Commonweal, 1933). But he also taught Catholics how to use the valuable points of modern psychology in a Christian way
The Theology of Religious Vocation by Fr. Edward Farrell, OP
IS SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT CONSIDERING A RELIGIOUS VOCATION? Here's the still-unsurpassed guide to discernmentgrounded in the theology of Aquinas
Tempered Optimism and the Grace of Confession -by Alfred Wilson, C.P.
The Training of the Will by Johann Lindworsky, S.J.
Just how weak is your will-power? There are ways to find out, and Catholic methods to strengthen it
The Twelve Fruits by C J Woollen
12 most powerful tools God offers us to change our half-hearted lives
Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings, Code: 1929291035,
Treasury Of Prayer edited by Father Lawrence Lovasik
A vast repository of forgotten Catholic prayers, devotions & meditations
The True Meaning of Christmas
Understanding Children and Preparing Them for Life
Triumph by H. W. Crocker, III
Vexilla Regis by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson
Devotions and intercessions for all affected by war Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson's last book
The Virtue of War, Code: 1928653170,
Virtue and Vice by C.S. Lewis
What God Has Joined Together by Robert Vasoli
The other scandal in the Church
What Every Bride and Groom Should Know -by Rev. Harold A. Buetow
What to Say to the Penitent by Fr. Charles Hugo Doyle
What is Secular Humanism by James Hitchcock
Why do the Clintons think the way they do?
What's Wrong With Freud by Rudolph Allers
Society's Sex Obsession: Freud didn't discover it. He practically caused it.
Where the Right Went Wrong, Code: 0312341156,
Why I Became a Priest, Code: 1929291396,
Why Jews Became Catholics, Code: 1929291728,
Wife, Mother and Mystic, Code: 0912141000,
Women Priests & Other Fantasies by Vincent P. Miceli, S.J.
The Fearless Jesuit Fr. Vincent Miceli's best essays
Women Who Make the World Worse
World's Great Catholic Literature by George N. Schuster, editor
In the desert of modern culture, a Catholic oasis Catholics: how many of your classics do you know? Now, one big volume introduces you to them all
Wrath of God by Livio Fanzaga
What should Catholics believe about the end of the world? Now, the answers -- in a major new book saluted by the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano
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New DVD on Canonization of Padre Pio
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