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The fruit of the Spirit is meekness

“Sweetness has the virtue of making things change their nature; it knows well how to convert bitter into sweet”

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Meekness is an attitude of heart that gives us the absolute mastery of ourselves in difficulties, in the trials and sufferings of life. Meekness does not know anger and violence, it helps us to dominate all manifestations of pride: resentment, anger, jealousy or revenge, the temptation to control over others and to dominate others. Jesus is presented to us as an extraordinary model of meekness and clemency: " learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29).

So, meekness is a tranquility of spirit which is the fruit of charity. It manifests itself outwardly in a totally benevolent attitude toward men it as the fruit of the Spirit is not a prerogative of a few, but it is and should be the normal passage the Christian who proceed to the maturity of faith. The Lord, in fact, is gentle, " But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." (Psalm 86:15).

Jesus speaks to Luisa of this beautiful divine quality and says that He is “all sweetness”, benign, clement and merciful; so much so, that because of His sweetness He enraptures hearts. But He is also strong, as to be able to crush and reduce to ashes those who not only oppress the good, but reach the point of preventing the good which they want to do.

Everything is harmony in Him, one virtue harmonizes with the other: justice with mercy, sanctity with beauty, wisdom with strength, and so with all the rest. Everything is harmony, nothing is discordant. These harmonies are produced by love.

Love encloses everything, chains everything, gives life to everything, triumphs over everything, embellishes everything, enriches everything. So, one can say that love is patience, love is obedience, is sweetness, is fortitude, is peace – it is everything. If all the other virtues do not receive life from love, they can be called natural virtues at the most; but love changes them into Divine virtues.

Therefore, we must be guided docilely by the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God will manifest gradually all Its fruits. In the plan of God we are called to rule with Him in a new land, in peace, where there will be no place for violence and aggression " The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat," (Isaiah 11:6). This is why Jesus says, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5). Other blessings are reserved for them as we read in Psalm 37:11: "But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity."

Jesus, talking to Luisa, says that those who possess the Grace are meek in heart. The first sign to see whether the soul possesses Grace is that in anything that belongs to God which she may hear or see externally, she feels a sweetness, a gentleness fully divine in her interior, which is not comparable to anything human and terrestrial. It happens as to that mother who, even from the breath, or from the voice, recognizes the fruit of her womb in the person of her child, and she delights with joy. In the same way, the interior Grace that resides in the soul, on seeing externally the fruit of Her own womb – that is, upon recognizing Herself in those things which form Her very essence – corresponds with them, and makes the soul experience such joy and sweetness that one cannot express it. The second sign is that the speaking of the soul who possesses Grace is peaceful and has the virtue of casting peace into others; so much so, that the same things said by one who does not possess Grace make no impression and bring no peace, while if they are spoken by one who possesses Grace, they operate in a marvelous way, and restore peace in the hearts.

So, meekness is the antechamber of intimacy with the Lord. Becoming meek is an essential milestone. Meekness brings peace and God loves it very much.

In fact, Jesus told Luisa that  He wants everything to be sweetness and peace, in such a way that it may be said of her that which is said about Him: that nothing but milk and honey flows within Him, symbolizing sweetness with honey, and peace with milk.

Jesus continued to reiterate that He is so filled and soaked with them, that they pour out from His eyes, from His mouth, and from all of His works. And if Luisa is not likewise, He feels dishonored by her, because, while the One who is all peace and sweetness dwells within her, she doesn’t honor Him by showing even the slightest shadow of a resentful and restless heart.

Jesus continues to say that He loves this sweetness and peace so much, that even if it were about something great concerning His honor and glory, He doesn’t want, He never approved, resentful, violent, fiery manners, but rather, sweet and peaceful manners. In fact, sweetness alone is that which binds hearts like a chain, in such a way that they cannot unbind themselves. It is like pitch that sticks to them and they cannot free themselves, and are forced to say: ‘In this soul there is the finger of God ’.

Meekness consists also in receiving the Word of God without question. Among the spiritual attitudes, meekness is one of whose which God favors and privileges allowing us to listen to His voice. So learning about the benefits of meekness awakens in us the desire to grow in this quality

Let us make Paul’s words our own: " But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called. (1Timothy 6:11-12) Let’s ask insistently God’s Spirit for this gift, because love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7) is the fruit of meekness.

Those who are meek love and love themselves. The meek accepts himself, he accepts his own limitations, he agrees to submit himself to God's Word, allowing all his strength to be directed by God where He wants. Only then our relationship with God will be deeper, we will hear His voice and we will be sure to be at the center of His Will. In fact, Jesus with inexpressible love told Luisa that how beautiful His Fiat is when It operates with Its Creative virtue! It doesn’t use violence, but sweetness - but an irresistible sweetness. With Its sweetness It embalms the creature, making her feel the beauty of the divine, so that she herself asks Holy Will not to delay any longer, to hurry up, because she languishes if she doesn’t see the Fiat operating in her with its Creative Virtue.

Let us be ready to be disciplined and corrected by the Holy Spirit, let’s accept willingly to be renewed in mind and soul, let us turn to the beautiful invocation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart: "O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours”.

Tonia Abbattista
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