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Part Three

1828

The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to

the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no

longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a merce-

nary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him

who “first loved us”:

106

If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are

in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of

wages, . . . we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for

the sake of the good itself and out of love for him who

commands . . . we are in the position of children.

107

1829

The

fruits

of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity

demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it

fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is

friendship and communion:

Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal;

that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it,

in it we shall find rest.

108

III.

T

he

G

ifts and

F

ruits of

the

H

oly

S

pirit

1830

The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the

Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man

docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

1831

The seven

gifts

of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understand-

ing, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David.

109

They com-

plete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They

make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.

Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.

110

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God . . .

If children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with

Christ.

111

106 Cf.

1 Jn

4:19.

107 St. Basil,

Reg. fus. tract., prol.

3: PG 31, 896 B.

108 St. Augustine,

In ep. Jo.

10, 4: PL 35, 2057.

109 Cf.

Isa

11:1-2.

110

Ps

143:10.

111

Rom

8:14, 17.

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