Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Mary’s,
This year’s parish theme invites each of us to “Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit.”
Why the Holy Spirit? Honestly, at the inspiration of my mother. She passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly this summer. She taught her children to expectantly seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and recognize His active presence in our lives.
Years ago, I was giving a vocations talk in Spanish describing a time when I was living “por y para mi mismo.” The succinct way this works in Spanish captures a nuance that seems lost in the literal English “by and for myself.” That nuance is related to my recognition that I was trying to live by my own strength, not the strength of God!
What does it mean to “Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit?” This exhortation comes from the RSV translation of Galatians 5:25. In this Chapter of Paul contrasts the works of the flesh against the fruit of the Spirit. He instructs them to renounce the works of the flesh, crucify the flesh with its passions and desires so that we may live by the Spirit.
When live and walk by the Holy Spirit, we will see our lives bearing very different fruit. “In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Gal. 22-3.
For the next nine months, we will dedicate one month each to considering the fruit of the Spirit in our preaching, bulletin, religious education and school.
Frequently parishioners ask me, “what can I do to help?” This stewardship catalogue is designed to help you discern the call of the Holy Spirit. If you know, contact a ministry lead and offer help! If the options are too many, fill out the form with your gifts and meet with Stewardship volunteers to help you discern!
Every time you say “yes” to Jesus, you are taking a step to “Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit.”
Pax et Bonum,
Father John Mosimann
If you would like to meet a member of the Stewardship Committee to help you discern where you can best use your gifts at St Mary, please fill out the form below and either return it to the parish office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off in person or in the collection basket any Sunday.