Tag Archives: Fruits of the Spirit

Daily Mass: Know the tree by its fruit. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 12th Week of the Year (St. Irenaeus)

The fruitfulness of our lives offers a useful indication regarding the state of our souls.  Whether its our heart or another’s, may the Fruits of the Spirit help guide us on our journey of faith.

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: The vine and the branches. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

We draw our life from the Lord, just as fruitful branches draw life from the vine.  May our words and actions today proclaim Christ dwelling within us!

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts

 


Monday Conversation: The Heart of a Disciple, Part II

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the second part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on living the Good News and sharing it with others. (36 Minutes)

 

And if you missed the first part of this presentation on discipleship, which focused on repentance and ongoing conversion, you can pick it up below. (45 Minutes)

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Daily Mass: Doing God’s will. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year (St. Francis de Sales)

Jesus teaches in the Gospel today that all who do God’s will are part of his family.  Through prayer, Scripture, sacraments and fellowship we become spiritually fruitful as we offer our lives to the Lord.


2nd Sunday of Advent – Repent, and live a fruitful life. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Repentance provides us with the opportunity to remove what is not worthy of heaven and replace it with graces that are fruitful and life-giving.  May this Advent empower us to turn away from sin and embrace a life in Christ.


Daily Mass: The Fruit of the Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 28th Week of the Year

St. Paul writes to the Galatians about the Fruit of the Spirit, giving us one of the most useful tools for discerning God’s presence in our lives.


Daily Mass: A fruitful life. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 12th Week of the Year

We know the human heart by the fruitfulness of the words and actions of a human life.  May these practical words of Jesus help us to evaluate our lives and interact with others.


5th Sunday of Easter – Vine & Branches – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 5th Sunday of Easter Homily Podcast

Like branches on a grape vine, we are dependent on Jesus for grace and strength.  Yet when we are connected to the Lord we are able to bear fruit that touches hearts and changes lives.  This homily was given on May 3, 2015 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI.


Christian in a Changing World – Finding our Way – Catholic Inspiration

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“Christian in a Changing World” is a 3 night Parish Mission that was offered February 22-24, 2015 at Cathedral of Christ the King.  The presentations help us understand how we walk our spiritual journey through the ups and downs of life.

1st Night – Finding our Way Podcast (34 minutes)

The first presentation focuses on using the “Fruits of the Spirit” as a guide to keep us on track in different aspects of our lives:

  • WHAT do we do with the “stuff” in our lives?
  • WHO are the people in our lives and how do we relate?
  • HOW do we behave?
  • WHY do we do what we do?

The purpose is to find our way – making sure that we are headed in the direction that leads us closer to Christ and one another.  It’s about keeping focused on the path that heads toward Heaven, and each of these aspects can give us clear signs that either confirm or challenge our direction.


Preparations for Lent

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NOTE:  This post was first published on February 26, 2014.  I share it once again because I know that if we take a little time now to prepare our hearts then this holy season comes alive with grace and power.  May this podcast and the ideas listed below help us all make this Lent the best ever!

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast – Preparing for our Best Lent!

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Study:  Looking back in my life, are there any activities, people, or situations that have helped me to grow?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the wisdom to recognize the Fruits of the Spirit and the courage to embrace them.

Serve:  Look for an opportunity this Lent to offer a part of your life to helping another – especially someone who has no way to pay you back.

The season of Lent offers a powerful opportunity for conversion, spiritual growth, and developing our relationships with the Lord and one another.  However, I also know that this season has a way of sneaking up on us.  Life moves fast, and we can get caught up in any number of tasks – missing the necessary preparation and perspective to get the most out of these 40 Days.

As a guide, I suggest starting with the “Fruits of the Spirit” that St. Paul writes about in his letter to the Galatians (5:22-23).  They are:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control

First, do we see these in our lives?  Are there people, situations, interactions, locations (home, work, school, community) where we see consistent evidence of their presence?  If so, then how can we help them flourish and grow?  How can we create more opportunities to allow the Spirit to work in our lives?

Second, are these absent in our lives?  Or worse, are their opposites present?  Is hatred, despair, turmoil, and the like alive in our hearts?  If so, how can we make the necessary changes to allow the Spirit into our lives?

Now here’s how this gets practical.  It is often customary during Lent to “do” something or “give up” something for these 40 days.  How about this…

  1. “Do” something that fosters the Fruits of the Spirit in my life.
  2. “Give up” something that is in conflict with the Fruits of the Spirit.

Where do we look?  Try this for starters…

  1. WHAT we do – the Activity
  2. WHO we do it with – the People
  3. WHERE we do it – the Location

“Doing” can include any number of things:

  • Helping a neighbor, family member or friend – in a spirit of kindness and gentleness
  • Drawing near to people who are spiritually good – who make us more loving and peaceful
  • Spending time on activities that help us use God’s talents in a good and holy way
  • Concentrating our efforts on opportunities where we know that God is present
  • Being in locations and situations that foster a strong and healthy life

“Giving up” can look like this:

  • Is there anything destructive, harmful, unholy, or evil that needs to be removed?
  • Are there people who are leading us to harm or destruction?
  • Are there locations, situations, or circumstances that are unholy for us?

Using the “Fruits of the Spirit” as a measurement, we can quickly reveal the pattern of our lives.  If it is spiritually fruitful, then we can strengthen this.  If it is spiritually destructive, then perhaps this season of Lent gives us an opportunity to give it up and start directing our lives in better ways.

Furthermore, Lent has classic opportunities for Study, Prayer, and Service:

Study: Scripture, the Catechism, a Devotional, Spiritual Reading

Prayer: Mass, Confession, Rosary, Scripture, Devotions, Stations of the Cross

Service: at home, the neighborhood, the community, the Church

God keeps inviting, keeps forgiving, and keeps extending grace and mercy to all who seek it.  Now is the time to get ready for a powerful Lent – where we turn to Jesus and allow His grace to transform our hearts.  Give serious thought to what you can do to make this season special, and open your to heart to Jesus Christ.

What will you do?  What will you give up?  Make it a great Lent!


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