Christ chose his apostles and gave them the mission to go out and bear fruit, fruit that would abide. He warned them that they would be persecuted as he was. After his ascension into heaven they went to the upper room to pray. We too have been sent out, into a very damaged world, and we too need to be very united to the vine of Christ if we are to hold on to our faith and share it with others. In this meditation we consider how:
We are united to the vine of Christ through our life of prayer and penance
We need a daily plan for our spiritual life just as we do for our bodily life
Having a plan gives us order and peace
Our plan might include such activities as mental prayer, Holy Mass, spiritual reading, the rosary, reading of Scripture, and a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus called the apostles his friends. He can say the same to each of us. It is a wonderful gift that the very eternal Son of God wants to be our friend. In this meditation we consider what this means and how we can grow in friendship with Christ. We pray about:
Recent Popes have been calling on the Church to carry out the new evangelisation – the passing on of the love and truth of Jesus Christ to the world. But in order to share our faith with others we must first know it and put it into practice. In this meditation we consider how we can come to know our faith better and live it out, so that we can communicate it more effectively to others. Among the points we consider are:
Christ spent time forming the apostles
We too need formation to carry out our mission of spreading the Gospel
Much depends on this formation: our own sanctification and happiness, and our ability to help others
This formation involves the spiritual, doctrinal, human and apostolic aspects
We can acquire this formation in a variety of ways, e.g., reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other books, attending talks, frequenting the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Penance, prayer, including the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more…
St Josemaria called the Holy Spirit “the great unknown” because so few are aware of his many roles in our life. In this meditation we consider some of these roles and we are encouraged to develop friendship with and devotion to the Holy Spirit.