The Holy Spirit is “God active within us,” who “helps us
to remember”. On Monday morning, 13 May, Pope Francis — during his homily at
morning Mass at Santa Marta — once again centred his reflection on the Holy
Spirit and on how little Christians pay attention to him today.
It would seem that “the Holy Spirit is unknown”, thinking
of the many who still today “do not know how to explain who the Holy Spirit
is” and who “say: 'I do not know what to do' with him”. The Pope continued
that “in this manner the poor Holy Spirit is always last and can not find a
good place in our lives”.
“Let us think of this: the Holy Spirit is God, he is God
alive within us... the God who awakens the memory”. The Pope pointed out
that memory “is a grace from the Holy Spirit” and that “the Church has her
own memory, the Passion of the Lord”, the memory that takes away sins. “I
wish today — said the Pope — to ask for the grace of this memory for all of
us”. An intention entrusted to the Virgin Mary, “woman of memory”.
At the end of the Mass Pope Francis wished a happy
birthday to Mons. Peter Bryan Wells, Assessor of the First Section for
General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, accompanied by his father and
Also concelebrating were: Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliņ,
President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and
Itinerant People, and the Secretary, Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil, who
accompanied a group of employees from the department.