[…] Man is like a traveller who, crossing the deserts of life, has a thirst for living water…. And Jesus gives us this living water: it is the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and who Jesus pours into our hearts.
Jesus tells us that “I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Jesus promised the Samaritan woman that he would donate an eternally abundant ‘“living water” to all those who recognize him as the Son sent by the Father to save us (John 4:5-26; 3:17).
Jesus came to give us this “living water” that is the Holy Spirit, so that our life may be guided by God, may be animated by God, may be nourished by God.
When we say that a Christian is a spiritual man, this is what we mean: a Christian is a person who thinks and acts according to God, according to the Holy Spirit.
[…] In the Epistle to the Romans we find this sentence: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (5:5).
The ‘“living water,” the Holy Spirit, the Gift of the Risen One who comes to dwell in us, cleanses us, enlightens us, renews us, transforms us because rendering us partakers of the very life of God who is Love.
This is why the Apostle Paul says that the Christian’s life is animated by the Spirit and by its fruits, which are “love, joy, peace, generosity, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Holy Spirit leads us to divine life as “children of the Only Son.”
[…] St. Paul sums it up in these words: “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. And you… have you received the Spirit who renders us adoptive children, and thanks to whom we cry out, ‘Abba! Father’.
“The Spirit itself, together with our own spirit, attests that we are children of God. And if we are His children, we are also His heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we take part in his suffering so we can participate in his glory” (Romans 8:14-17).
This is the precious gift that the Holy Spirit brings into our hearts: the very life of God, the life of true children, a relationship of familiarity, freedom and trust in the love and mercy of God.
[…] The Holy Spirit teaches us to look with the eyes of Christ, to live life as Christ lived, to understand life as Christ did.
Pope Francis (b. 1936): General Audience, Wednesday May 8th, 2013, translated by Vatican Radio.