VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While some Catholics would like to undo the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, others basically are trying to build a monument to it rather than fully live its teachings, Pope Francis said.
In his homily April 16 at an early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said Christians must struggle with the temptation to tame the Holy Spirit.
“To speak plainly: The Holy Spirit annoys us,” he said. The Spirit “moves us, makes us walk, pushes the church to move forward.”
But, too often, he said, Catholics are like the Apostle Peter on the mountaintop when Jesus is transﬁgured. They, like Peter, say, “Oh, how nice it is to be here all together,” but “don’t bother us.”
“We want the Holy Spirit to sleep,” he said. “We want to domesticate the Holy Spirit, and that just won’t do because he is God and he is that breeze that comes and goes, and you don’t know from where.”
The Holy Spirit is God’s strength, the pope said. The Holy Spirit “gives us consolation and the strength to move forward,” and the moving forward part is what can be a bother.
People think it’s better to be comfortable, but that is not what the ﬁre of the Holy Spirit brings, Pope Francis said.
While Catholics today may be more comfortable speaking about the Holy Spirit than they were 50 years ago, it doesn’t mean the temptation to tame the Spirit has diminished, he said.
Prayer intentions of Pope Francis
Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for this month.
• General: Liturgy, Source of Life. That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful.
• Mission: Mission Churches. That mission Churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.