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POPE FRANCIS WARNS AGAINST WORLDLY THINGS THAT COULD PREVENT ACCEPTANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
May 26, 2018








VATICAN CITY -
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has called on the faithful to be wary of the influences of the good things of the world so that they will not be tired of welcoming the Holy Spirit. The Pope made this remark in his homily during the celebration of the solemnity of the Pentecost, held at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, last Sunday.
 
According to the Catholic Pontiff: “When, in the life of our communities, we experience a certain “listlessness”, when we prefer peace and quiet to the newness of God, it is a bad sign. It means that we are trying to find shelter from the wind of the Spirit. When we live for self-preservation and keep close to home, it is not a good sign. The Spirit blows, but we lower our sails. And yet, how often have we seen him work wonders! Frequently, even in the bleakest of times, the Spirit has raised up the most outstanding holiness! Because he is the soul of the Church, who constantly enlivens her with renewed hope, fills her with joy, makes her fruitful, and causes new life to blossom.”
 
The Pope Added: “In a family, when a new baby is born, it upsets our schedules, it makes us lose sleep, but it also brings us a joy that renews our lives, driving us on, expanding us in love. So it is with the Spirit: he brings a “taste of childhood” to the Church. Time and time again he gives new birth. He revives our first love. The Spirit reminds the Church that, for all her centuries of history, she is always the youthful bride with whom the Lord is madly in love. Let us never tire of welcoming the Spirit into our lives, of invoking him before everything we do: “Come, Holy Spirit!”
 
Assuring that the Holy Spirit will bring his power of change, a unique power that is “both centripetal and centrifugal’; Pope Francis remarked that “The Spirit grants intimacy with God, the inner strength to keep going. …The one who reveals God also opens our hearts to our brothers and sisters. He sends us, he makes us witnesses, and so he pours out on us – again in the words of Paul – love, kindness, generosity and gentleness. Only in the Consoler Spirit do we speak words of life and truly encourage others. Those who live by the Spirit live in this constant spiritual tension: they find themselves pulled both towards God and towards the world.”
 
Using the readings of the day to buttress his point, Pope Francis urged the faithful to ask the Holy Spirit to guide them in their ways of life saying:  “Holy Spirit, violent wind of God, blow upon us, blow into our hearts and make us breathe forth the tenderness of the Father! Blow Blow upon our world the soothing warmth of peace and the refreshing cool of hope.”

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