Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Living Out of Wholeness: The Fruit of the Spirit

Archbishop Antonio Mennini during opening exhibition about Mother Teresa Catholic Church England and Wales via Compfight

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

All fruit Is Grown From a Seed

The fruit of the Spirit is not a gift. And this fruit is grown in the garden of our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It’s a work of transformation we grow into, as we work out what God has worked within us. It’s the process of living out of our wholeness in God. It’s the most radical and revolutionary thing you will ever do in this life. It’s like splintered light shining through our brokenness. It’s bringing the character of God’s love to breathe on our broken world. We bear Christ in our mortal bodies. We become the light of the world¬†and the salt of the earth. We breathe hope to the hopeless and strength to the weary. Through our brokenness, we reveal Jesus.

It’s the love of God that motivates us. And it’s the love of God that constrains us. It’s the joy of the Lord that’s our strength. And it’s the peace of God within us that we dwell in.

We are an enigma to those around us and even to ourselves.

God astounds us in our brokenness, that he could use one so frail and so broken to reveal the splendor of the love of God.


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