» 04/16/2013, 00.00
"Stubborn" are those who would turn back from Vatican II, pope says
Francis dedicated this morning's Mass to Benedict XVI, who turns 86 today. "The Council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit," but "after 50 years, have we have done everything the Holy Spirit told us in the Council? In the continuity of growth of the Church that was the Council?"
Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Vatican II "was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit," and yet, 50 years
later, there is no "Church continuity". There are "stubborn" members
who even want to turn back and "tame the Holy Spirit." Pope Francis took
the opportunity to speak about the Council 50 years since it opened, inspired
by the passage in the Acts of the
Apostles that tells the story of Stephen who, before he was stoned, described
as "stubborn" those who oppose the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Father spoke during
the Mass he celebrated this morning in the chapel of Santa Marta (pictured), dedicated to Benedict XVI,
who turns 86 today, so that "the Lord may be with him, comfort him and give him
much consolation." Francis personally extended his good wishes to Benedict XVI
with whom he spoke by phone.
Vatican Radio reported that, during the
homily, when he commented Stephen's words and remembered Jesus' rebuke to the
disciples of Emmaus, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all
that the prophets spoke!", the Pope said that "always, even among us, there
is resistance to the Holy Spirit."
"To put it plainly,
the Holy Spirit gives us trouble. Because it moves us, makes us walk, impels
the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration, 'Ah,
how nice to be this way, all together!' . . . As long as it does not bother us.
We want the Holy Spirit to doze off . . .
we want to tame the Holy Spirit. That is wrong. Because He is God and He
is the wind that comes and goes and one dodx not know from where. It is God's
power; it is what gives us consolation and strength to go on. But, going ahead!
This bothers us. Comfort is better."
"Today," the pope went
on to say, "it seems that we are all happy" for the presence of the Holy
Spirit, but that "is not true. Such temptation is still topical. Case in
point, let us think about the Council."
"The Council was a
beautiful work of the Holy Spirit. Consider Pope John. He looked like a good parish
priest; he was obedient to the Holy Spirit and he did it. But after 50 years, have
we have done everything the Holy Spirit told us in the Council? In the continuity
of growth of the Church that was the Council? No. We celebrate this
anniversary, we make a monument, as long as it does not bother us. We do not
want to change. What is more, some people want to go back. This is stubbornness,
this is what we call, trying to tame the Holy Spirit, this is what we call
becoming foolish and slow of heart."
"The same thing happens
even in our personal lives, "the pope added. In fact, "the Spirit moves us to
take a more evangelical way," but we resist. The final exhortation is "Do
not resist the Holy Spirit. The Spirit sets us free, with Jesus' freedom, with
the freedom of God's children."
"Do not resist the Holy Spirit. This is the grace I wish we would all
ask for from the Lord: to be docile towards the Holy Spirit, that Spirit that
comes from us and makes us go forward on the path of holiness, the beautiful holiness
of the Church, the grace of docility towards the Holy Spirit. "
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