Love is itself the fulfilment 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 fmd rest.b08


The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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 g~fts 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!09 They

complete 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.”° 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.” 1832 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’.”2


1833 Virtue is a habitual andfirm disposition to do good.

1834 The human virtues are stable dispositions of the intellect and the will that govern our acts, order our passions and guide our conduct in accordance with reason andfaith. They can be grouped around the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance.

835 Prudence disposes the practical reason to discern, in every circumstance, our true good and to choose the right means for achieving it.

1836 Justice consists in the firm and constant will to give God and neighbour their due.

1837 Fortitude ensures firmness in d~fficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.