After leaving the chapel !
- Me: *attempting to get keys out of purse in order to start car, but mindlessly grabs rosary instead* oh whoops !
- Mom: well you know, that will get you a lot further than your car ;-)
the gifts and fruits of the spirit
It’s strange, and interesting, and yet a proof of the mystery of our faith: As you grow, and allow your heart to grow in faith and trust in the Lord, mature and deepen your interior life, you will see His gifts poured out unto your spirit. You begin to genuinely feel wisdom, feel patience, feel gentleness, you feel peace, etc.
So then when you are in situations in which these good things lack, when you are in any sort of dark place and you are exposed to impatience, anger, iniquity, evil, your spirit senses it so easily.
Your give substance to your spirit! You provide depth and maturity for it to reason and make sense of the things it must come across.
If you allow yourself to trust in the Lord, and deepen your inner spiritual life, then these gifts and fruits of the spirit that once seemed so abstract, merely ungraspable ideas, will become solid and tangible. You will be able to feel their presence, or lack there of, as surely as you can feel any other palpable, touchable object in this world.