Vatican City, Jun 9, 2019 / 02:29 am
Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians lack that which animates them and gives them internal life and harmony, Pope Francis said on Pentecost.
"Without the Spirit, our Christian life unravels, lacking the love that brings everything together," Pope Francis said at Mass in St. Peter's Square June 9.
"Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a personage from the past; with the Spirit, he is a person alive in our own time. Without the Spirit, Scripture is a dead letter; with the Spirit it is a word of life," he continued. "A Christianity without the Spirit is joyless moralism; with the Spirit, it is life."
At Mass for Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year, Pope Francis spoke about the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, which he said is "far from being an abstract reality," but is the "most concrete and close, the, the one who changes our lives."