Fruitful Gifts… Come in PEARS

HAPPY SEASON OF CHRISTMAS!!

And if, by any chance, you were given [or will ever be given] a partridge in a pear tree, this is a really great time for us to take a much closer look at this tree − well, at its fruit, that is… After all, the PEAR in the pear tree comes with its own special set of “GIFTS” for us to benefit from, which includes:

Vitamin C

Dietary fiber (especially pectin, a type of soluble fiber)

Phytochemicals (such as phenolic compounds including flavonols)

other vitamins/minerals (like potassium)

along with a low glycemic-index rating!

And the beauty of it all is that these types of gifts are designed to work together, which will enable them to best support matters of health & wellness.  This is particularly done through their positive influence on:

blood sugar & blood cholesterol,

inflammation & immune response,

bowel function, and more!

There are also many different varieties of pears to enjoy, in different colors, shapes, and sizes, with names like:  Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, Seckel, & Starkrimson.

It’s special! …just ask Oregon, who actually made the pear its very own official state fruit.

So as we consider, and give thanks for, the gift of the pear in a pear tree, there’s still so much more to appreciate on this day, Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Christmas, because it is on the 3rd day of this season that “my true love gave to me 3 turtledoves”… And they [per Fr. Hal Stockert’s suggestion*] could be a very wonderful reminder of 3 gifts that truly matter… The Gifts of Faith, Hope, and Love/Charity [the 3 theological virtues]!  How perfect for today, on the Feast of Saint John, the apostle & evangelist.  For, as John told us [John 3:16], God so loved the world, that He gave!! 

MAY WE BE FRUITFUL, indeed, in Body, Mind, and Soul! −EF 12/27/2013

[*Click here for related post about the Twelve Days of Christmas provided by The Way to Nourish for Life]

©2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life.  Note:  Please refer to ABOUT section of “The Way to Nourish for Life” for caveat: https://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/about

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