78. In the life of communion with the Father, the faithful are guided by the Spirit (cf. Rm 8, 14) who has been given progressively to transform them in Christ. He pours out to them “the spirit of adopted (daughters and) sons”, by which they assimilate the filial disposition of Christ (cf. Rm 8, 15-17), and his sentiments (cf. Phil 2,5). He makes present the teaching of Christ to the faithful (cf. John 14,26; 16, 13-25) so that they may interpret the events of life in its light. He brings them to a knowledge of the depths of God (cf. 1 Cor 2, 10) and enables them to transform their lives into a “holy sacrifice” (Rm 12, 1). He sustains them in rejection and in the trials that must be faced during the process of transforming themselves in Christ. The Spirit is given to sustain, nourish and direct their prayer: “The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God” (Rm 8, 26-27).
Romans 8 illustrates the dynamic influence of the Spirit in our lives. One thing that stood out for me in this first paragraph involves the interpretation of the “events of life.” That’s a significant statement. I think it involves more than reading tea leaves on blogs or flipping a coin to see if one will turn right or left. That “holy sacrifice” of Romans 12 is also remarkable. Read the passage–it’s used for weddings. Reconciliation, too.
Christian worship originates in, and draws impetus from the Spirit. That same worship begins, and is brought to completion, in the Spirit. It can therefore be concluded that without the Spirit of Christ there can be neither authentic liturgical worship, nor genuine expressions of popular piety.
Tapping into the Holy Spirit and the grace of that encounter would seem to be essential not only for liturgy and piety, but also the believer’s contemplative life.
The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.