Fruits of the Spirit

I cannot help but smile as I remember a conversation I had with Abby on the way home from preschool the other day.

strawberriesMe: What did you learn about in chapel today?

Abby: The fruits of the spirit.

Me: Really? What are the fruits of the spirit?


While Abby did not answer with a “Fruit of the Spirit” as we know it, she did provide me with an incredible moment of consolation: a felt presence of God through the gift of laughter and the increase of hope and love. Abby helped me remember, as she does so many days, that I have no doubt that I discerned the vocation that most brings me to a fuller life.

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Becky Eldredge is a writer and spiritual director in Baton Rouge, LA. The author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls, Becky holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Becky has been involved in ministry for more than 15 years, with the majority of her work in retreat ministry and adult faith formation. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and her children, Brady, Abby, and Mary.

6 Comments on Fruits of the Spirit

    • Me too, Lynda! I discerned religious life in my early 20s (while dating my hubby), and I have no doubt that I made the right choice. Life led me to marriage, to motherhood, and a career in lay ministry in the Catholic church.

  1. this post made me grateful for God’s presence and purpose, and His Love in my life. It also made me hungry for strawberries. God bless little Abby, for reminding us of God’s abundance of gifts to us through His Spirit!

    • Kim,

      Abby reminds me quite frequently of God’s abundance love and gifts in my life. I agree, I am hungry for strawberries also! I picked strawberries the day I went into labor for Abby so her answer was even more meaningful for me!

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