Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
"If we live by the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit." (Galatians 5:25)
The Greek term for 'follow' has a connotation suggesting to 'keep in step with,' like soldiers keeping in step with their platoon on the march.
Upon receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, we are strengthened in the Holy Spirit. At one time this strengthening was likened to becoming a soldier for Christ. As such, we are always on the march, expected to keep in step with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, obeying the teachings of the Church, being in tune with a well-formed Christian conscience, responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, which lead us to perform acts of charity and works of mercy.
When we follow the cadence, the count of the Holy Spirit, we are one with the Church. We are not in conflict or out of step with our faithful brethren or with our true selves. We do not follow the beat of another drum designed to lead us astray. Rather we are free, in sync with the Truth, and living in blessed union with our Triune God.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania