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2015-04-28

In his Tuesday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the power of the Holy Spirit and why prayer is at the very core of this grace. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Without prayer, there is no place for the Holy Spirit. Ask God to send us this gift: ‘Lord, give us the Holy Spirit so that we may discern at all times what we have to do.' This is not always one and the same thing. The message is the same: The Church moves forward, the Church goes ahead with these surprises and with the changes of the Holy Spirit.”
 
It is through the Holy Spirit, he added, that Christians can see the truth. Therefore he encouraged Christians to pray for this grace and to follow what the Spirit asks. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio) 

"The progress of the Church,” said Pope Francis, "is the work of the Holy Spirit,” which makes us listen to the voice of the Lord. "How can I make sure that voice I hear is the voice of Jesus,” asked Pope Francis, "that what I feel I have to do is done by the Holy Spirit?” The answer is by praying: 

"Without prayer, there is no place for the Spirit. Ask God to send us this gift: ‘Lord, give us the Holy Spirit so that we may discern at all times what we have to do,’ which is not always one and the same thing. 

The message is the same: the Church goes on, the Church goes ahead with these surprises, with these changes of the Holy Spirit. We must discern, and to discern must pray, we must ask this grace. Barnabas was full of the Holy Spirit and he knew right away. Peter saw it and said, ‘But who am I to deny Baptism here?’ The Holy Spirit does lead us into error. ‘But, Father, why make things so complicated? Let us do things the way we have always done, that way we are safer ...’”