The Supernatural Organism/Order
'Your Ticket/Highway to Heaven'

[Mortal Sin destroys your Ticket-to-Heaven]

The Madonna of Carmel and the Souls of Purgatory - by TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista - from Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The Souls in Heaven, the Church Triumphant, intercede to God on behalf of the Souls in Purgatory, the Church Suffering. Our Blessed Mother in Heaven, the 'Throne of Mercy' and 'Queen of the Angels', takes great delight in sending her Angels to release those Souls mercifully pardoned by her Son Jesus. Although depicted with Bodies, members of the Church Triumphant and Suffering actually have no Bodies, and will not receive their Glorified Bodies until the Final Judgment at the World's End. Currently, there are only Two (2) known Bodies in Heaven, belonging to Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. Popular speculation attributes a Third Body belonging to Saint Joseph, based on God's Commandment to 'Honor thy Father and Mother'. Jesus will never be outdone by Man in bestowing Honor on His parents.

 

Supernatural Organism/Order
(Resides in the Essence of the Soul)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Organism

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Man is born a Rational Creature, with Body and Soul, into the Natural Order.
God First elevates Man to the Supernatural Order via the Sacrament of Baptism, which infuses Sanctifying Grace into the Essence of the Soul. The other Six (6) Sacraments can then elevate the Soul even Higher.
The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.
Mortal Sin destroys/kills Man's entire Supernatural Organism. Man is no-longer a Temple of God. God is gone & resides no-longer in the Soul.
Only God can raise the Soul back-to-life from the Dead, via the Sacrament of Penance.

 

 

dovesmlc.gif (3961 bytes) The Supernatural Organism - Part V of V

by Father Jordan Aumann, O.P.

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Father Jordan Aumann, O.P. former Director of the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, is an honorary professor of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, where he has been giving special courses in Spirituality since 1977.

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Fruits of the Spirit and the Beatitudes

Elements - Supernatural Organism

Subject: Soul
Formal Principle: Sanctifying Grace
Faculties/Powers: Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Operations: Acts of the Virtues and Gifts

In his letter to the Galatians, Saint Paul provides a listing of the Fruits of the Flesh and the Fruits of the Spirit. The latter Fruits are Nine (9) in number: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Fidelity, Meekness, and Continence. Theologians from the time of Saint Augustine have maintained that Saint Paul's enumeration of the Gifts is by no means a complete list, but only a sampling, as it were, of the Fruits of the Spirit. This is indicated by the fact that Saint Paul lists Fifteen (15) Fruits of the Flesh and makes it clear that the list is not complete.

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Isaiah 11:1-2

1. Wisdom
2. Understanding
3. Counsel
4. Fortitude (Courage)
5. Knowledge
6. Piety
7. Fear of the Lord
These are the Gifts of the "Spirit in the Messiah" as prophesied by Isaiah. Other lists of various Gifts are found in the letters of Saint Paul.

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23

Douay-Rheims

RSV

NAB

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1. Charity
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Kindness
5. Goodness
6. Patience
7. Gentleness
8. Faithfulness
9. Self-control
10. Modesty
11. Chastity
12. Long-suffering

1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Kindness
5. Goodness
6. Patience
7. Gentleness
8. Faithfulness
9. Self-control
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Kindness
5. Generosity
6. Patience
7. Gentleness
8. Faithfulness
9. Self-control
The Latin Vulgate Bible, from which the Douay-Rheims Bible is translated, lists Twelve Fruits. Modern translations from the Greek list Nine Fruits. Generosity being an alternative translation to Goodness.

The First Thing to be noted about the Fruits of the Spirit is that they are Virtuous Acts or Works performed by those who are "guided by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:18). These Works are in opposition to those that proceed from the Flesh, as Saint Paul states: "My point is that you should live in accord with the Spirit and you will not yield to the Cravings of the Flesh. The Flesh Lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the Flesh; the two are directly opposed" (Galatians 5:16-17). Consequently, the Works of the Spirit give Testimony that One is being guided by and is Obedient to the Holy Spirit.

The Second Observation is that Saint Paul demands of Christians that they be detached from the things of the Flesh and of this World. He says, after enumerating the Fruits of the Spirit: "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have Crucified their Flesh with its Passions and Desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the, Spirit's lead" (Galatians 5:24-25).

Thirdly, though the Fruits of the Spirit are Highly Perfected Virtuous Acts, they are called Fruits precisely because of the Spiritual Delight that they produce. "If these Works are so Perfect, Abundant and Permanent," says John Arintero, "that one is found to be in the state of producing them with Facility and Perfection, then they are so Joyful and Delightful that they constitute, as it were, a prelude to Eternal Happiness. Although they may be performed at the Cost of Annoyance and Tribulation, yet they produce in us an Ineffable Joy to which nothing in this life can be compared. They are truly comparable to the Joys of Heaven".

Still more Perfect than the Fruits are the Beatitudes. Like the Fruits, they are Acts that flow from the Virtues and the Gifts, but they are so Perfect that they are more closely related to the Operations - of the Gifts than of the Infused Virtues. In a strict sense there is only One (1) Gift and One (1) Fruit - the Holy Spirit; and there is only One (1) Beatitude - the Beatific Vision in Glory. But the Beatitudes enunciated by Christ are a Foretaste of the Delights of Heaven.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are those who Mourn, for they shall be Comforted.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are the Meek, for they shall Inherit the Earth.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, for they shall be Satisfied.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain Mercy.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for they shall see God.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
(Matthew 5:3-10).

Each Beatitude contains Two (2) Parts; the First Part refers to a Meritorious Act, and the Second Part refers to a Reward. The Reward applies primarily to the life to come, and yet there is likewise the promise of Happiness even in this life.

Saint Thomas discusses the Beatitudes by linking them with the Three (3) Types of Life in which we hope to find Happiness: the Life of Pleasure, the Active Life, and the Contemplative Life. But the Life of Pleasure is False Happiness; therefore the First Three (3) Beatitudes refer to the Detachment required from Worldly Pleasures and Satisfactions if one is to receive the Reward that is promised. The Active Life, on the other hand, is a disposition for the Happiness to come, since it consists in the Practice of Virtue; therefore the Fourth and Fifth Beatitudes refer to the Active Life, and the Sixth and Seventh Beatitudes refer to the effects of the Active Life that are Proximate Dispositions for the Contemplative Life. The Eighth Beatitude, according to Saint Thomas, is a Manifestation and Confirmation of all those that precede it.

The Beatitudes provide a Summary of the Magnificent Ideals proposed for Christian Living. They also provide a contrast between the life of those attached to the Things of this World, and the Life of those who follow Christ. This is clearly Manifested in Luke 6:17-26, where we are told that Jesus came down from the Mountain to a stretch of level ground and, fixing His gaze on His Disciples amid the Crowd, He said:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are you Poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are you that Hunger now, for you shall be Satisfied.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are you that Weep now, for you shall Laugh.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in Heaven; for so their fathers did to the Prophets.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) But woe to you that are Rich, for you have received your Consolation.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Woe to you that are full now, for you shall Hunger.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall Mourn and Weep.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the False Prophets.
(Luke 6:17-26)

 

- End of Part V -

 

Index - Supernatural Organism

Subject: Soul
Formal Principle: Sanctifying Grace
Faculties/Powers: Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Operations: Acts of the Virtues and Gifts


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