Apr 21, 2023 filed under Faith, Hope, Humility, Joy.

Hands in the living stream of water

We Are Parched

Like the woman at the well (John 4:4-42), we are parched, Lord. Give us this living water.

We are spiritually parched in the midst of so much evil, violence, impurity, and contempt of God in the world. We are parched by disappointment in ourselves. The world is working to diminish our faith at every turn. How will we become watered gardens, renewed in God’s love?

What Is Faith?

St. Paul calls faith the “evidence of things unseen” (Hebrews 11:1)—unseen, yes, but not unexperienced. Our faith is not blind but full of the vision of God’s constant goodness. We have faith in a future Heaven, because we experience it in part now. St. Thomas Aquinas says that faith is more certain than science, because it is the word of God. Scientific theories change, but “my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

The virtue of faith leads us to the living water we seek. The spring that never fails is the eternal love and mercy of God. Everything that parches us is passing away, but the love of the Holy Trinity is forever. If we put our faith in God, the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit will revive our parched souls.

Choose Life

Moses’ stirring last words (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) to his people remind us that we have only two choices. “Choose life,” he said.

Today, we could say, “Choose the freshness of life in Christ, who has conquered the worn-out dryness of the world.” 

We have a choice between faith in the world, which will always leave us unsettled, or faith in God, who satisfies our thirst for peace and purpose. We can focus on what’s wrong with us and the world, or we can look with the eyes of our heart on Jesus in his Eucharistic fecundity.

Taking Action

In this Easter season, we can renew our yearning for this living water by visiting Jesus, present for us in the tabernacle. Unlike earthly water, which satisfies only physically, the living water of faith in Jesus elevates us to be more like the saints, who thirsted for him alone, letting their thirst for the world fade away.

By engaging with the Eucharistic Jesus, our earthly attachments fall away, because there is less room in our heart for them. Cultivating the virtue of faith is a gentle way to rid ourselves of lesser loves.

Invite God in

The 12-step programs have some great advice: “Don’t think your way into a new way of acting; act your way into a new way of thinking.” Spending 15 minutes every day that we can before the tabernacle is an action that will always increase our faith.

Making ourselves available to Jesus in person brings spiritual fruit that shows up in unmistakable grace later on. We are kinder, less touchy, more generous. Through actions that increase our faith in Jesus, we become the watered gardens that Isaiah extolled so long ago. We become more like Mary, the ultimate watered garden, who is “full of grace.”

The Lord will guide you always, and satisfy your thirst in parched places, will give strength to your bones
And you shall be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never fail (Isaiah 58:11).

The sure way to be more like Mary, to drink from the living stream, is to cultivate a deep connection with God in prayer. If, for whatever reason, your connection with God isn’t as consistent or deep as you’d like, let’s chat. I’m offering you a free Spiritual Clarity Call (worth $197) that will give you amazing clarity on where your spiritual life is right now, and what your next best step is to be closer to God. There’s no need to stay stuck or unsure. Schedule a free call at https://calendly.com/vir2connection/chat-with-rose.

Love always,

Rose originally published this article at https://catholicwomeninbusiness.com/articles/2023/3/22/how-to-drink-from-the-living-stream

6 Responses to “How to Drink From the Living Stream”

  1. Barb

    Thank you Rose!
    So much needed advice!
    I tried to do a free call.. must be all taken.
    I could use help Trusting God will help my son .
    May God Bless you!

  2. Guadalupe Muñoz

    I truly appreciate you offering me a free call. Please keep praying for me. I do have a wonderful spiritual guide. Therefore I will donate my spot for someone else who doesn’t have one.

  3. Jenean Jones

    Hello Rose, sorry to miss tonight. But thank you for your message. It is food for my soul and spirit. My next step is to spend some consistent time in front of the tabernacle. That yearning has increased so I know it’s valid, from Our Lord Jesus. Blessings. Grandma of twins

  4. Tom Roberts

    Act your way into a new way of thinking. I think Aristotle said something along those lines: we become brave by doing brave acts, kind by doing kind acts. Mother Teresa’s “Do it Anyway” works marvelously.