Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"God loves a cheerful giver."

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

-- 2 Cor 9:6-11

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity."
-- CCC 1832

(Celebrating the Year of Saint Paul: View of the campanile of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls, Rome. Photo by author.)

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