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Pope in Santa Marta: Holy Spirit gives courage to those who evangelize


In his homily in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about true evangelization, which is serving others and becoming docile to the Holy Spirit.

POPE FRANCIS
“It is not with an entrepreneurial attitude that Jesus sends us… with an entrepreneurial attitude. No, it is with the Holy Spirit. This is courage. The true courage behind evangelization is not human stubbornness. No, it is the Spirit who gives us courage and who carries you forward.”

He said that everyone must give gratuitously, especially those involved in evangelization. Their life must be gratuitous, given in service, proclamation, borne by the Spirit. 

EXTRACTS OF PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)

“It is not with an entrepreneurial attitude that Jesus sends us…. No, it is with the Holy Spirit. This is courage. The true courage behind evangelization is not human stubbornness. No, it is the Spirit who gives us courage and who carries you forward.

We can say good things but without service it is not proclamation. It may seem to be, but it is not, because the Spirit not only carries you forward to proclaim the truths of the Lord and the life of the Lord, but He also brings you to the service of the brothers and sisters, even in small things. It’s awful when you find evangelizers who make others serve them and who live to be served. They are like the princes of evangelization – how awful.

All of us have been saved gratuitously by Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must give gratuitously. Those who carry out the pastoral work of evangelization must learn this. Their life must be gratuitous, given in service, proclamation, borne by the Spirit. Their personal poverty forces them to open themselves up to the Spirit.”