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At weekly audience, Pope speaks about Holy Spirit

May 08, 2013

At his regular weekly public audience on May 8, Pope Francis continued his series of talks on the Creed, focusing on the line: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.”

The Easter season, leading up to Pentecost, is the ideal time to consider the activity of the Holy Spirit, the Pontiff told the 75,000 people who gathered for his Wednesday audience. “Jesus has come to give us the living water that is the Holy Spirit.” After reflecting on all the different ways in which water nourishes life, the Pope said that the Holy Spirit “abides in us, purifies us, enlightens us, renews us, and transforms us.”

“This is the precious gift that that the Holy Spirit brings to our hearts: the very life of God, the life of true children, a relationship of confidence, freedom, and trust in the love and mercy of God,” the Pope said.

After his catechetical address, the Pope offered greetings to some of the groups that were present at the audiences, including the families of new members of the Swiss Guards. He called attention to a special prayer session that would take place that day at the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei, Italy, praising it as “an act of popular piety and devotion.”

The Pope also noted the feast day of Our Lady of Lujan, the patron of his native Argentina. “Let’s hear some applause for the Virgin of Lujan,” the Pope said. “Louder! I can’t hear it! Louder!”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 09, 2013 11:26 PM ET USA

    "We need to reach out to our 'unchurched' brothers and sisters and feed them with the Word of God." And God will help anyone who wishes to do this..., for He has given us this Pope... JP

  • Posted by: chady - May. 09, 2013 6:50 AM ET USA

    We have risen with Christ from the tomb. The stone has been rolled away. There is now no obstruction. Additionally he has promised us the Holy Spirit to help,guide us and bring us to maturity - he said he would not leave us orphans. More of us in the Catholic Church need to follow the example of our Apostolic Fathers and leave the cosy and supposed safety of the 'upper room'. We need to reach out to our 'unchurched' brothers and sisters and feed them with the Word of God.