- Jun 3, 2020
Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit is the “protagonist” of the proclamation of the Gospel, and only He can change hearts.
Pope Francis on Wednesday said that the sacrament of Confirmation is a gift meant to be shared with other people, both inside and outside of the Church, which he stressed is not only the hierarchy, but is made up of all baptized faithful.
The Holy Spirit helps Catholics to do good works by giving them the gifts they need to be effective ‘salt and light’ in the world, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
Today the Emmanuel Community is known throughout the world for its Schools of Mission for young people, including one that will soon open in New York City. International missions work has also been a primary activity as an outgrowth of the Community’s focus on compassion and evangelization, along with their Zacchaeus Course, which aims to infuse Catholic Social Teaching in everyday life. Laurent Landete, who joined the Community at age twenty, has now spent almost three decades working to further this mission.
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington blessed a statue of St. Junipero Serra on the day of Pentecost saying that the Holy Spirit which moved him is also “alive in each one of us.” Pope Francis canonized the saint during his 2015 visit to Washington.
“The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going,” Pope Francis said during his general audience at St. Peter’s Square May 31. Hope “collects the wind of the Spirit and transforms it into energy,” the pope continued, adding that we must share that hope not only with those who need it the most, but also with God’s creation.