The Holy Spirit is a “friend... a companion on the journey”,
every day for everyone. This was Pope Francis’ reflection at Mass in the
Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Monday morning, 6 May. To know the
Spirit — above all in order to recognize his action in our life — “it is
important to make an examination of conscience regularly”, every evening
before going to sleep, the Pope says.
The Holy Father made reference to John's Gospel
(15:26-16:4), recalling the moment in which Jesus took leave of his
disciples, promising them that “he would never leave them alone: 'I will
send the Holy Spirit to you'”. And today he says something that will make us
wonder: “He will bear witness to me”. The Holy Spirit is truly God, God
[the] Person, who testifies to Jesus Christ's presence within us. It is he
who says: “This is Jesus the Lord. The Lord does things like this. This is
the way of Jesus”.
Moreover, “Christian life cannot be understood without the
presence of the Holy Spirit: it would not be Christian life. It would be a
pagan and pitiful religious life”, those who, “believe in God, but without
the vitality which Jesus wills for his disciples”.
In his commentary on the First Reading from the Acts of the
Apostles (16:11-15), the Pontiff offered the example of Lydia, the woman who
listened to Paul: “It is said of her that the Lord opened her heart to make
her pay heed to Paul’s words. The Holy Spirit does this: he opens our heart
that we may know Jesus”. He works in us, “throughout the day, during our
whole life, as a witness who tells us where Jesus is”.
The best moment to find him is, according to the Pope, at
the end of the day, when following a good Christian habit, as one examine’s
one’s conscience. Before going to bed the Christian “thinks about what has
happened”, of what “the Lord has said, what the Holy Spirit has done in me”.
This practice of examining our conscience will do us good... because this
helps to render fruitful, to make present in every moment, the fruitfulness
of Easter, as we asked today in the oration. Let us ask for this grace to
accustom ourselves to the presence of this travelling companion: the Holy
Present were Cardinal Angelo Comastri and some staff members
of the Fabric of St Peter's and of the Treasury and Museum of the Vatican