This week we are celebrating Easter by providing some material from our brand new book by Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy. This book is available now. Here’s Pope Francis on the Holy Spirit:
So how does the Holy Spirit act in our life and in the life of the Church in order to guide us to the Truth? First of all, he recalls and impresses in the hearts of believers the words Jesus spoke and, through these very words, the law of God—as the prophets of the Old Testament had foretold—is engraved in our hearts and becomes within us a criterion for evaluation in decisions and for guidance in our daily actions; it becomes a principle to live by. Ezekiel’s great prophecy is brought about: “You shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you. . . . And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances” (Ezek. 36:25–27). Indeed, it is in our inmost depths that our actions come into being; it is the heart itself that must be converted to God, and the Holy Spirit transforms it when we open ourselves to him.
I think it’s easier to talk about Jesus, or even God the Father/Creator, than about the Holy Spirit. Let’s try anyway.
- What metaphors, signs, and symbols come to mind when we think of the Spirit who, like the wind, blows where it will?
- When do you know you have seen or felt the effects of the Holy Spirit at work?
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