Parish Bulletin

Pope at Audience: Holy Spirit gives us courage, helps us discern well

In his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says the Holy Spirit gives Christians courage and “the art of discernment” when facing hardship.   By Devin Watkins

 

Pope Francis started off by reflecting on the courage shown by the Apostles when they were dragged before the Sanhedrin to stand trial for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:34-35,38,39).

He said they spoke with conviction and with one voice in the face of their accusers, who wanted to imprison them and halt the spread of the Gospel.

‘Megaphone’ of the Holy Spirit

The key to their courage, said the Pope, is the Holy Spirit.

“The Apostles become the ‘megaphone’ of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Risen One to spread quickly and unhesitatingly the Word that brings salvation,” he said.

Pope Francis said these same men acted like “cowards” when Jesus faced similar circumstances. After Pentecost, however, they were completely changed and propelled onwards.

“The same happens to us: if we have the Holy Spirit within us, we will have the courage to strive forward, to win countless battles – not through our own strength but through the Holy Spirit who is with us.”

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