Vatican City, May 9, 2016 / 10:43 am
The Holy Spirit seems to be a "luxury prisoner" in many Christians' hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.
"We keep the Holy Spirit as a 'luxury prisoner' in our hearts: we do not allow the Spirit to push us forward, to move us. The Spirit does everything, knows everything, reminds us what Jesus said, can explain all about Jesus," the Holy Father said May 9 during his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.
In the day's reading, when St. Paul speaks with the disciples in Ephesus (Acts 19: 1-8), Pope Francis pointed out that they had "not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
Likewise, while Christians today have a knowledge of the Holy Spirit as part of the Holy Trinity, they do not know what the Spirit's role is in the Church.