The Fruits: Peace

St. Paul places Peace as the third Fruit of the Holy Spirit after Charity and Joy. In our lives, we all want and need Love, Joy and Peace, but in today’s world there are virtually none of these three realities of the Holy Spirit, as Satan has blinded almost everyone and led them away from God and the Virtues, Gifts, Charisms and Beatitudes of the Holy Spirit. The Charisms are the gifts of service to others (prophecy, healing, teaching, etc.) while the Beatitudes are the Virtues and Gifts taken to the extreme of perfection in this life (Blessed are the Peacemakers, etc.).

Archbishop Martinez explains for us: “St. Thomas (Aquinas) teaches us that Peace is the perfection of Joy….This full joy cannot be disturbed or snatched away; it is possessed in absolute and complete serenity….Peace is the singular pleasure that we experience when we taste the joys of our soul in their fullness. When those (human) things are removed that hinder the sweetness of our Joy, then we have tranquility, Peace, that celestial (product of the) Gift that refreshes all faculties, that makes us see the vanity of all exterior things.”

Martinez continues: “However, to experience complete Peace, it is not enough to prevent exterior things from disquieting us. The most profound causes of our disturbances are not without, they are within. How often having attained something we think will give us contentment we have been craving, we suddenly feel disappointment. What we have does not satisfy our heart, so it goes fluttering about distractedly, seeking something that will fill the immense void. Though we (may) have love of God in our heart, though we feel that Divine joy, our heart (still) restless and inconstant, goes searching everywhere for something to satisfy it, as if the tremendous happiness within it were not enough. What is lacking? Peace. Peace is the complement and perfection of Joy. It not only delivers the soul from the fretful trouble of exterior things, but calms the inner fluctuations of its desires and marvellously disposes and unifies its affections. Thus, Peace makes our heart single in its triumphant love, which then has complete mastery over our being.”

These first three Fruits of the Holy Spirit are so essential to our perfection that they must be understood and prayed for as a result of the Virtues and the Gifts. The delight of Charity, the Joy of union with God and the tranquility of Peace. These are the marks of our progress in perfection by having a personal, intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, who we beg the Father and Son to send us through our prayer each day, by reading all we can about the Holy Spirit, and by praying daily to the Holy Spirit through His Spouse for the Gift of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will allow us to secure the Virtues, Gifts and Charisms much faster and more securely than ever before, so we may be transformed into Jesus Christ Crucified for the glory of the Father!

Let us finish the Novena to the Holy Spirit and rejoice in the Feast of Pentecost! Let us commit to know and love the Holy Spirit and to make up for all the years we did not know Him or ignored Him. Go to http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/Pentecost/seven.htm.

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4 Responses to The Fruits: Peace

  1. Lynne Stansbery says:

    Would you please reprint or show me where to get each of the articles you wrote for each of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? I prayed the Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Gifts of the Spirit and it was the most meaningful novena I’ve ever prayed. I read each of your articles before I would read the text for that day’s prayers in the Novena. It meant so much more knowing about the specific gifts I was praying for. I love your ministry and pray for you.

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    • Lynne, the book is the “Sanctifier” or an abridged version called “True Devotion to the Holy Spirit” by Archbishop Luis Martinez. I also highly recommend “Divine Intimacy” by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene. It is pricey at $60 but a leather bound book. May the Trinity inspire you to more!

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  2. Tony, this has been an amazing series. You’ve inspired me to go back and read more deeply Archbishop Martinez’ book: TRUE DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. In the last couple of years, I studied deeply with my Soul Food group the very wonderful little pamphlet [published, believe it or not, by the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS]–with the preface which I wrote drawing on the understanding of Venerable Conchita. See the whole talk here, including the link to the pamphlet on the gifts: https://soulfoodministries.wordpress.com/soul-food-talk-8-the-holy-spirit-and-his-seven-gifts–
    I think the Church, on the whole has such a limited understanding and appreciation for the Holy Spirit-and this is the Age of the Holy Spirit! You are so right–we need continually to beg for the Holy Spirit. Father George Maloney, S.J. said something so powerful in one of his books, that I adapted it into a prayer to the Holy Spirit:

    TO THE HOLY SPIRIT:
    In utter emptiness of heart,
    I wait for Your Wind,
    Your Fire,
    Your Living Waters
    to rush upon me
    and reveal the Heart of the Blessed Trinity,
    in Whom I live, move, and have my being!

    I also pray this form, more recently:
    TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
    In utter emptiness of heart,
    I wait for Your Wind,
    Your Fire,
    Your Living Waters
    to rush upon me
    that I may live Christ–
    and Him crucified.
    IN THESE DAYS, so many weeks “After Pentecost” live us all live in the Holy Spirit, reading, studying, praying in Him.

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    • Kathy, this prayer is such a blessing! God is indeed calling us all together to truly know the Holy Spirit and have an intimate relationship with Him. The Father and Son inspired me to know the Holy Spirit through Archbishop Martinez’s book. I can remember saying…True Devotion to the Holy Spirit sounds like something I need to know…since it reminded me of St. Louis de Motfort and Mary. Let us bask in the Joy of the glow of the Holy Spirit as we relish the Grace we have just received in the Novena and the Feast!

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