Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 01:51 am
Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven't been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.
"The central purpose of Jesus' mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters," the Pope said May 15.
"We were made to be God's children, it is in our DNA," he said, explaining that "the Spirit is given to us by the Father and leads us back to the Father."
Dressed in red vestments traditional for the solemnity of Pentecost, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit onto Mary and the Apostles, Pope Francis made these remarks during Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica.