A life in Spirit and Truth proceeds from a relationship with God, and yields a lifestyle of praise. As Spirit and Truth worshipers (cf. John 4:23), we respond to the call of Catholic discipleship by seeking to glorify God through a lifestyle of singing His praises in the Spirit and proclaiming His Word.
LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE
Praising in the Spirit with heartfelt praise, we offer the Father the first fruits of our day. As we praise, we ask for the guidance of the “anointing of the Holy Spirit who is the interior master of Christian prayer” (CCC 2672). Through the guidance of the Spirit, we come into the presence of God who is enthroned upon the praises of His people (cf. Psalm 22:3). At that moment, we offer our lives in continual prayer and He pours forth grace as we strive for a Spirit-filled life of conversion. A lifestyle of praise leads us to worship the Lord unceasingly throughout the day, fostering a continual outpouring of the presence of the Holy Spirit (cf. Hebrews 13:15). In doing all of this, we strive to follow Mary’s model and example of a life of praise for God. We long for our souls to magnify the greatness of the Lord and our spirits to rejoice in God our Savior (cf. Luke 1:46-47).
Jesus, the Word made flesh (cf. John 1:14), proclaimed his identity as the Truth (cf. John 14:6). And so, we seek to live in the Truth by being rooted in the Word of God. As Spirit and Truth worshipers, we commit ourselves to live as disciples of God’s Word. We seek to hear His voice so that we might know His will. We do this by meditating on the Word day and night (cf. Psalm 1:2). In this continuous meditation, we enter into a transforming exchange in which heart speaks to heart in a Divine dialogue (cf. CCC 2626). We look to Mary, Spouse to the Spirit and Mother of the Word, as our model of living the Christian life according to the Truth. We choose to imitate her, pondering and responding to God’s Word as she did. Moreover, in allowing the principles of Scripture to take action in our lives, we become living manifestations of God’s Word.
With our hearts and mouths filled with the truth of God’s Word and proclaiming “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19), we encounter the person of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, through which we are continually transformed. We as Spirit and Truth worshipers (cf. John 4:23) are led to the Eucharist, which is the source, summit and center of our lives. With hungry hearts, we approach Jesus in the Eucharist and receive the abundant life that God promises us. Strengthened by receiving the Body of Christ, we are sent forth to live the call of Catholic disciples.
Communal Spirit-filled prayer is necessary to living a life of Catholic discipleship. We live by the example of the early Christians (cf. Acts 2:24) who were eager to maintain “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Thus, gathering together as one community, we seek the presence of God’s Spirit upon our lives (cf. Matthew 18:20). Trusting in the Father’s promise, we believe that we receive the outpouring of power from on high (cf. Luke 24:49). Desiring to be used by God for the edification of the Church (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:12), we seek eagerly after the gifts of the Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:1). As sisters bonded in the Spirit, we challenge each other to live a life of love for God and neighbor full of the fruits of the Spirit. Mary, Help of Christians, was inspired by the Holy Spirit to pray for the Apostles in the upper room as the fire of the Holy Spirit descended upon them. Therefore, we seek her intercession for the unity of this household and guidance in the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.