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Pope Francis reflects on the Holy Spirit and peace

May 02, 2016

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Jn. 14:23-29), Pope Francis devoted his May 1 Regina Coeli address to the Holy Spirit and peace.

The Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said, has the mission of teaching and reminding.

“The Spirit will bring to mind the teachings of Jesus in the various concrete circumstances of life, so as to make them able to be put them into practice,” he told the crowds that had gathered in St. Peter's Square. “This is precisely what happens still in the Church, guided by the light and the strength of the Holy Spirit, so that it can bring to everyone the gift of salvation, that is, the love and mercy of God.”

The peace of Christ, he continued, “is different than that which men desire and try to achieve. The peace of Jesus springs from victory over sin, over the egotism that impedes us from loving each other as brothers … Each disciple, called today to follow Christ carrying his cross, receives in himself the peace of the Crucified and Risen One in the certainty of his victory and in the expectation of his final coming.”

 
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