If we find ourselves lacking in any of these qualities, we ought earnestly and hopefully to beseech the Holy Spirit. We must do our part by seeking to become more virtuous, that is, interiorly stronger. And, we must intend to love. But, building upon yet beyond our efforts, the Holy Spirit is at work, fashioning our hearts. Indeed, Dietrich Bonheoffer says, "The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it."
Let us be open to such loving action. Let us rejoice that this fruit, if a gift of God, does not depend, on our side of the equation, on how much we get our act together, but on how thirsty our hearts are. We can all thirst. It is the act of deliberately wanting, which no person and no circumstance-exterior or interior-can stop. This is good news!
Yours in Christ,