Reflects at General Audience on Third Person of Trinity
VATICAN CITY, May 09, 2013 - Francis says that listening to the Holy Spirit gives the confidence of knowing that we are loved. The Pope said this at the general audience Wednesday, which he dedicated to the theme of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
"Men of all times and all places want a life that is full and beautiful, just and good, a life that is not threatened by death, but that can mature and grow to its fullness. Man is like a wanderer who, crossing the deserts of life, thirsts for a living water, gushing and fresh, able to quench deeply his profound desire for light, love, beauty and peace," the Holy Father said. "We all feel this desire! And Jesus gives us this living water: it is the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father, and that Jesus pours out into our hearts."
This living water can quench "the very depths of our thirst," the Pope said, because "it makes us partakers of the very life of God who is Love."
"The Spirit itself, together with our spirit, attests that we are children of God," he continued. "And if we are children, we are also heirs: heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ."
"This," Francis said, "is the precious gift that the Holy Spirit places in our hearts: the very life of God, life as true sons, a relationship of confidence, freedom and trust in the love and mercy of God."
Another effect of this is a changed vision of others, the Pope said, as people near and far come to be seen as brothers and sisters, people "to be respected and loved."
"The Holy Spirit teaches us to look with the eyes of Christ, to live life as Christ lived it, to understand life as Christ understood it," he said. "That's why the living water that is the Holy Spirit quenches the thirst of our lives, because it tells us that we are loved by God as children, that we can love God as his children and by his grace we can live as children of God, like Jesus.
"And we, do we listen to the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit tell us? God loves you. It tells us this. God loves you, he desires your good. Do we really love God and others, like Jesus does? Let us allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, let us allow him to speak to our hearts and tell us this: that God is love, that he is waiting for us, that God is the Father, he loves us as a true Father [Papà], he truly loves us and the Holy Spirit alone says this to our hearts."
Francis' Pontificate Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima
Cardinal of Lisbon Asks Mary to Help Pope in Renewing the Church
Pope Francis’ pontificate was consecrated Monday to the protection of the Virgin Mary, during a Mass held at the Shrine of Fatima. The Mass was celebrated at the shrine by the cardinal patriarch of Lisbon, José da Cruz Policarpo, together with 37 bishops and 290 priests, and attended by some 300,000 people.
An international pilgrimage took place on Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 13, on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the first Marian apparition to the visionaries, the little shepherds Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.At the end of the Mass, and after the consecration of the pontificate, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima, Antonio Marto, read a message that Pope Francis sent to bless the thousands of pilgrims crowded in the esplanade, reported the newspaper Jornal de Noticias.
“The Holy Father expressed his pleasure over the initiative and his profound gratitude for the realization of his wish, in union of prayer with all the pilgrims of Fatima, to whom he grants his heartfelt Apostolic Blessing,” said the cardinal.The message was sent by the Apostolic Nunciature in Portugal, to Cardinal Policarpo, indicated the Portuguese newspaper, adding that “the cardinal patriarch of Lisbon asked Our Lady of Fatima during the consecration of the pontificate, to help Francis renew the Catholic Church.”
Close to 570,000 people went to the Fatima Shrine for the feast day celebrations – 300,000 on Sunday and 270,000 on Monday. Among the pilgrims attending the event, more than 37,000 walked from different points of the country. Over the two days, more than 26 tons of candles melted in the candleholders of the shrine, reported Lusitania agency.
World Youth Day The SArchbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro indicated that: "As we all know, the consecration carried out here in Cova de Iria is an act of extreme importance for the Holy Church. His Holiness Pope Francis asked the Lord Cardinal patriarch of Lisbon, José Policarpo, to consecrate to Our Lady of Fatima his pontificate, which began two months ago.”
The archbishop added that the act reveals “the Pope’s special affection for Fatima” and is of very great importance for those of us present “as we feel included in this consecration.”We are happy and comforted, added the cardinal, by “the special attention and solicitude that the popes of the last 50 years have shown for this blessed land, becoming pilgrims to Cova de Iria to come here to ask Our Lady of the Rosary for protection for the Church and peace for the world.”
“Now Pope Francis, in continuity with his predecessors, consecrates the Petrine ministry to the Lady of the Rosary of Fatima,” concluded the cardinal.On Sunday night, during the candle procession, Archbishop Tempesta consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima the World Youth Day, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 23-28, and he reiterated the invitation “to young people of all ages” to take part in the meeting in Brazil.
Pope contrasts 'poverty as an ideology' with true Christian charity
Pope Francis spoke of “poverty as an ideology,” and contrasted that ideology with genuine Christian charity, during his homily at daily Mass on May 14.
The Holy Father cited the Gospel account of how Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Jesus with expensive aromatic nard, and Judas complained that the cost “could have been used for the poor.” Pope Francis remarked: “This is the first reference that I personally found in the Gospel of poverty as an ideology. The ideologue does not know what love is because they do not know how to gift themselves.”
Because of his selfish attitude, the Pope said, Judas isolated himself from Jesus and the apostles, and that isolation eventually led to his betrayal. The selfish apostle, the Pope said, “safeguards his life, grows in this selfishness and becomes a traitor, but is always alone." True followers of Christ, on the other hand, “give their life for love, and are never alone.”
The fate of Judas shows “the tragedy of the isolated conscience,” the Pope said. He explained: “When a Christian begins to isolate himself, he also insulates his conscience from the sense of community, the sense of the Church, from that love that Jesus gives us. Instead, the Christian who gifts his or her life, who loses it, as Jesus says, finds it again, finds it in its fullness.”
In the end, Pope Francis remarked, St. John reports that “Satan entered into Judas’ heart.” The Pope observed: “With Satan the payback is rotten. He always rips us off—always!”
Pope Francis does not administer Communion: new policy explained
Pope Francis does not distribute Communion when he celebrates Mass in public. Now Sandro Magister of L’Espresso explains this new papal policy. In 2010, then-Cardinal Bergoglio remarked that some people who come forward to receive Communion “take refuge in the Church and do not live according to the justice that God preaches. And they do not demonstrate repentance.” The future Pontiff said: "I do not want these persons to approach me for a photo." At the time, Cardinal Bergoglio was speaking about employers who exploited their workers. It is difficult to be sure that such a person is an unrepentant public sinner, he said. Nevertheless he did not want to give such people an opportunity to exploit the Church.
The Pope’s reasoning applies to politicians who flout the teachings of the Church, for example by supporting legal abortion, Magister notes. Pope Francis will not be pictured administering the Eucharist to them.