‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ Gal. 5:22
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love!
All : Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
LOVE - 1st day
O God, grant me the fruit of LOVE. Help me to experience your love so much that I will always be grateful for all that you have given and done for me. Help me to always remember that You gave me life and everything that makes life worth living, and most of all that you gave me Jesus as my Saviour, my Model, and my Friend. Help me to love all human beings so much that I will no longer be self-centered, but will find my happiness in doing good for others. Amen.
JOY - 2nd day
O God, grant me the fruit of JOY. Help me to experience deep Joy that will always keep me happy and cheerful. Help me to smile, even when things go wrong, knowing that you are Lord of my circumstances. Help me to always look on the brighter side of things, so that I don’t grumble and complain. Don’t let me be a pessimist and a wet blanket. And help me to find my happiness, not in doing what I want, but in doing what you want. Give me a spirit of praise, a sense of awe and wonder, and a prayerful heart. May my faith in You bring me Easter joy always. Amen.
PEACE - 3rd day
O God, grant me the fruit of PEACE. Help me not to worry, but to take things as they come, one day at a time. Please help me that I may not to be timid and nervous but to keep cool when I have something difficult or important to do, trusting in your power always. Keep me calm and steady, so that I will never be shaken in my faith & others may be able to rely on me when they are up against it. Amen.
PATIENCE - 4th day
O God, grant me the fruit of PATIENCE. Help me to have patience at my work that I will never give in, but always persevere. Help me to have patience with people, so that I may never lose my temper and never grow cross or irritable or blaze into angry words. Help me not to give up when something takes a long time to do, and when it does not come out right the first or the second time. Help me to keep trusting in your grace. Let the joy and peace you have given me express itself in difficult times in the virtue of patience. Amen.
KINDNESS - 5th day
O God, grant me the fruit of KINDNESS. Make me quick to see what I can do for others ,and eager to do it. Make me always obliging and willing to lend a hand. Help me never to be mean or selfish, but always to be ready to share whatever I have, even if I do not possess very much. Help me never to speak unkind words and never to do cruel deeds. Help me to think the best of others, and always to be willing to forgive rather than to condemn. Amen.
GOODNESS - 6th day
O God, grant me the fruit of GOODNESS. Let me be like Jesus who went about doing good. Help me to be a good example in everything I do and say. Keep my words honest, pure and sincere. Keep my actions fit for you to see, and help me never to do anything that I would need to keep secret. Keep all my thoughts clean and honest, and grant me the grace to be humble. May I offer a smile to everyone. In everything keep me from pride and from self conceit; and help me to do at least one good deed every day. Amen.
FAITHFULNESS - 7th day
O God, grant me the fruit of FAITHFULNESS. Keep me always true to myself, true to my friends, true to those who love me, and true to You. Grant that nothing may ever make me tell a lie, either by exaggeration or understatement. If I say that I will do something, grant that others may be able to rely absolutely on me to do it. Help me always to stand by my friends and never to let them down; and help me never to grieve or disappoint those who love me and those whom I love. Make me faithful in my duties within and outside the family, in my personal prayer, my study of God’s Word, my service of the parish and society, and my work. Amen.
GENTLENESS - 8th day
O God, grant me the fruit of GENTLENESS. Let me be like Jesus who is meek and humble of heart. Help me never to speak an angry or cruel word, and never to hurt or wound any person or any living creature. Help me not to be rough, stern or severe in my behaviour with others, but compassionate towards all. May I be gentle and thoughtful with those who are sick, sad, old, weak and easily hurt. Amen.
SELF-CONTROL - 9th day
O God, grant me the fruit of SELF-CONTROL. Let your Spirit guide me, so that I am controlled by your love alone. Help me always to control my temper, my tongue, my feelings and my impulses. Grant that I may never be swept away in a moment of anger or passion. Help me to control my thoughts, so that no bitter or unclean thought stays in my mind. Help me keep away from habits of self-abuse, smoking, alcoholism, and all immorality. Help me to control my impulses and passions wisely, not by repressing them, but by channeling them to works of mercy with the help of your grace. Amen.
Let us pray :
O God, from of old you have instructed the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit. Give us this same Spirit. Under his divine inspiration, may we have a sense of what is true and a taste for what is good, and that we may always experience the fruit of his consolation. This prayer we make through Christ our Lord.