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Pope's General Audience: The Holy Spirit and the Church are inseparable

2013-05-22

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

"In our catechesis on the Creed, we now pass from the article on the Holy Spirit to that on the Church, 'one, Holy, Catholic and apostolic.'

 The Holy Spirit and the Church are in fact inseparable.  The Spirit enlivens and guides the Church, and each of us within the Church, to carry out Christ’s mandate to make disciples of all peoples.  He opens minds and hearts to the beauty and truth of the Gospel.  The Spirit overcomes selfishness and division, creating unity, communion, reconciliation and love.  
The Spirit also instils the strength needed to bear courageous witness to the Risen Christ; he is the spirit of mission and evangelization.  The fire of the Holy Spirit was sent down upon the Apostles at Pentecost in answer to their fervent prayer; ardent prayer in the Spirit must always be the soul of new evangelization and the heart of our lives as Christians.  

Let us renew each day our trust in the working of the Holy Spirit, open our hearts to his inspiration and gifts, and strive to be signs of unity and communion with God in the midst of our human family.”

I invite all of you to pray with me for the victims, especially the children, of the disaster in Oklahoma.  May the Lord himself console everyone, in particular parents who have lost a child in such a tragic way.  I offer a cordial welcome to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Ireland, India, Canada and the United States.

My special greeting goes to the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Alumni Association of the Catholic University of America.  In these days when the Church celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, I invoke upon you and your families his gifts of wisdom and peace.  God bless you all!