Sensitive to the deliberately wide appeal of Jesus Christ’s gospel, but mindful of the value of tradition, liturgy and ritual of Christian orthodoxy, Lumen Fidei uses four pillars of faith practice.
Word, Sacraments, and Worship
We pursue and teach the wisdom of the Holy Scriptures believing that “all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth” (2 Timothy 3:16). We also joyfully respond to Jesus’ invitation for us to participate in the Sacraments, which are the outward signs of inward graces. We consider prayer and worship, in all its forms, to be the indispensable means of growing ever closer in communion with the Holy Trinity.
We are dedicated to the art of Spiritual Discernment and imparting its benefit to others. Spiritual Discernment is a cultivated skill under the guidance of the Holy Spirit wherein we pay close attention to the complexities of our inner movements. Through this skill we understand where our thoughts, desires, and emotions come from and where they are leading us. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The process of Spiritual Discernment helps us to pursue the goal of recognizing God’s presence in very specific ways and aliging our lives with His movements and will.
We are passionate about the biblically based transformation and formation of our inner attitudes, dispositions, and the mindset leading to authentic human happiness, and ultimately a lifestyle that naturally unveils the reality of Jesus Himself to others. Our desire is to have, and to guide others in acquiring, the mind and heart of Christ. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2).
We believe that any spiritual development within us is never meant just for us. God’s intent for us is not only to be fully aware of our spiritual, intellectual, and practical gifts, but also to develop them and use them for the benefit of the body of Christ (His church) and in service to all others glorifying God’s loving and outpouring character. “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephisians 5:1).