The Spirit's gifts, presence and transforming work are always for the sake
of all. So must our Christian spirituality be for the benefit of all. By trying
habitually to open ourselves to the Spirit alive in our world, we put our faith
at the center of our lives, we make it a life-style. Over time, we begin to
take on God's likeness inasmuch as we are able. We grow in holiness.
The fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22—love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness, tenderness and self-control—are
a good standard against which to measure oneself. We should ask ourselves: Am
I improving in any of these qualities? Where do I seem least to exhibit the
fruits of the Spirit? Reflect on your behavior at work and at home. Reflect
on your various roles—citizen, neighbor, spouse, parent, parishioner, alumnus/a,
team/club member and so on. Ask: How am I open to the Spirit in each of these
roles? Do I bring my experience of the Spirit to all areas of my life?
When you are finished, thank the Spirit for your strengths and fruits; ask
for help in your weaknesses. Above all, keep opening yourself to the Spirit
who works within you.