In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul mentions 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Traditionally, there are 4 more: goodness, long-suffering, humility or gentleness, modesty, and chastity. The fruits are the product of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
During Vacation Bible School a few years back, when the theme was the Sacraments, one of the snacks was “The Fruits of the Holy Spirit”. Each fruit corresponds with a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (I can only remember the actual fruits for the Biblical Fruits of the Holy Spirit, so there are only nine fruits listed.)
The real fruits and their corresponding counterparts are:
LOVE -Strawberry – (Fruit of love, shaped like a heart)
JOY -Pineapple – (Think of the happy smell)
PEACE -Watermelon – (Piece of….play on words)
PATIENCE – Lemon – (Have to eat is slowly)
KINDNESS -Grapes – (Are normally shared)
GOODNESS – Banana – (Child’s favorite fruit)
FAITHFULNESS – Cherry – (Two stay together on a stem.)
GENTLENESS – Peach – (Have to be “kind” with the peach or it will get bruised)
SELF-CONTROL – Apple – (Garden of Eden)
You put a couple slices of each fruit (you don’t HAVE to use a real lemon; fruit snacks can substitute for that) onto a plate, and Voila! You have a snack comprised of the “fruits” of the Holy Spirit!
If you remember which real fruits correspond with the 4 Fruits I left out, please comment below. 🙂