In the Scriptures, the Church gives many descriptions of life in Christ. Life in Christ is "a life of faith" (Gal 2:20), living in love (Jn 15:9-10), a life of purification and obedience (1 Pt 1:2), following in the steps of the suffering Christ (1 Pt 2:21), winning "a great contest of suffering" (Heb 10:32), surviving "the great period of trial" (Rv 7:14), etc.
We have just finished the year of the Holy Spirit in preparation for the Great Jubilee in the year 2000. Therefore, it is timely to describe our lives in Christ as "rejoicing in the Holy Spirit" (see Lk 10:21). Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit is:
As we prepare for the Christmas season, most people talk about the Christmas spirit and sing about "joy to the world." Do you want the true Christmas Spirit of perfect, lasting, crucified joy? If so, ask the Lord to stir into flame the Holy Spirit, Whom you have received at Baptism and Confirmation (2 Tm 1:6-7). As a result, you may experience the best, most painful, and most joyful Christmas of your life. Come, Holy Christmas Spirit!