Gentleness

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From David Goodall (quoted in Michael Crosby’s The Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today): “Gentleness in its Christian sense is a complex concept. It tempers and informs conduct more than it initiates it. It does not preclude anger in a just cause, but restrains and modifies it. Notions of compassion, forgiveness, generosity, attention to truth, and above all kindness are included in it: indeed each “fruit of the Spirt” partakes to some degree of all the others, although each has its own emphasis. Together they add up to that single quality of holiness of which Hilaire Belloc wrote that to encounter it in another human being is to be confronted with the sixth and most conclusive proof of the existence of God.”

Roger

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