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Pope talks about the gift of understanding in his weekly general audience

2014-04-30

(-ONLY VIDEO-) During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He talked about the gift of understanding, explaining that it's not mere intellectual ability nor is it God's perfect knowledge.

 

 

The Pope described it as a grace that enables Christians to "view all things in a new light, with fresh spiritual insight.”


SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS


Dear Brothers and Sisters,



In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the gift of understanding.  Born of our sharing in God’s life through faith and baptism, the gift of understanding enables us to see in all things the unfolding of his eternal plan of love. 



The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, guiding us to an ever deeper understanding of Christ’s teaching and his saving mission. 


 

Like the disciples on the way to Emmaus, we often fail to recognize the the Lord walking at our side and the working of God’s grace in our lives and the world around us.  Yet thanks to the Spirit’s gift of understanding, our eyes are opened and our hearts burn within us (cf. Lk  24:13-27) as we recognize the Risen Lord’s presence and view all things in a new light, with fresh spiritual insight. 



How important it is to implore this gift of understanding!  Through it the Holy Spirit dispels the darkness of our minds and hearts, strengthens us in faith and enables us to savour the richness of God’s word and its promise of salvation.



I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Ireland, Finland, Norway, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Uganda, South Africa, Canada and the United States.  Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.  God bless you all!

 


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