The Fruits of the Holy Spirit:The Peach’s Self-Control
In Christian art by the time of the Middle Ages. the peach had come to symbolize the Blessed Trinity. Unlike other fruits, the peach had a unique shell around the seed, and so the three parts of the peach—the fruit itself, the shell and the seed—were seen as being like the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, distinct yet one. Interestingly enough, a rotten peach or half eaten peach came to symbolize immorality, or in other words, a lack of self-control.
The relationship, between moral living and the Blessed Trinity cannot be emphasized enough. Only by desiring life with God more than anything else in this life can we ever hope to live the life to which Christ is calling us. Only by self-gift can I ever hope to have self-control. The Second Vatican Council teaches us the significance of man’s being made in the image and likeness of God” “This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (Gaudium et Spes #24).