Fruit of the Spirit

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"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."--Galatians 5:22-23.

When Saint Paul writes about the “Fruit of the Spirit” in his Letter to the Galatians, what does he really mean? What are we to make of the list Paul provides (and that others have elaborated on over the centuries)? Spiritual writer Michael H. Crosby argues that by exploring Paul’s understanding of the Spirit’s fruit, we can envision a “mystical theology” that would transcend the divide between “episcopal nomists” who think the church can simply be equated with the bishops, and the many disaffected Catholics of the past 30 years who found little in institutional Catholicism that gave them joy or hope. Using insights from biology, neuroscience, scripture, spirituality, and literature, Crosby also includes suggestions for spiritual practices to help the reader achieve the graces of the Fruit of the Spirit.

Michael H. Crosby  (1940-2017) was a Capuchin Franciscan whose preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship took him around the world. He authored seventeen books, including Spirituality of the Beatitudes (Orbis, 2005), Finding Francis, Following Christ (Orbis, 2005), and Repair My House (Orbis, 2008).

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Fruit of the Spirit
Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today
Michael H. Crosby
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A vision of hope in the face of a prevalent relativistic ethic of the globalised world....This book is a valuable resource to anyone who takes their religious faith seriously and who at the same time sees the imperative to respond to both the challenges and the opportunities of justice that globalization presents to the world today.
A spiritually valuable treatise.
Michael H. Crosby brings both a scholarly thoroughness and a popular voice to this study of the "fruits of the Spirit."... Nurturing these "fruits" can help heal divisions in our Church today.
A dynamic and challenging interpretation of the nine fruits of the Spirit designated by Paul in Gal 5:22-23....Insightful reflections on each of the virtues Paul lists and their implications for today’s Christian life constitute the body of the book and offer the reader strong spiritual nourishment.
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