Pope: Pope: We are all Church! We should not be afraid of offering what the Holy Spirit gives us, which enables us to become gifts for others

June 7, 2018

General Audience © Vatican Media 6 June 2018  We should not be afraid or hesitate to offer what the Holy Spirit gives us.  POPE & HOLY SEE, Zenit

‘May we who have received this sacrament open our hearts each day to the liberating breath of the Holy Spirit and fan into flame the gifts we have received for the good of one another, the Church, and the world’

6 June 2018 GENERAL AUDIENCE Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience:

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Dear brothers and sisters:

In our continuing catechesis on Confirmation, we now consider some of its effects.

The gift of the Holy Spirit, received in the sacrament, enables us in turn to become a gift for others within the communion of the Church. As living members of Christ’s mystical body, we are called to share in the life and mission of the Church both universally and within our local Christian communities. As an eloquent sign of this ecclesial dimension, the sacrament of Confirmation is ordinarily conferred by the diocesan Bishop, who, as a successor of the Apostles, is charged with fostering the Church’s unity through the rich diversity of the Spirit’s gifts. The sign of peace exchanged by the Bishop and the newly confirmed is a reminder that each must work for the upbuilding of the community in faith, love and Christian service. May we who have received this sacrament open our hearts each day to the liberating breath of the Holy Spirit and fan into flame the gifts we have received for the good of one another, the whole Church and the world in which we live. 

After his catechesis on Confirmation, the Pope said: ‘Dear brothers and sisters, No one receives the sacrament of Confirmation only for themselves, but to participate in the spiritual growth of the others.”

“The Gifts of God are granted to us so that we give them to others, so that they grow through sharing and allows egoism to dissipate.”

“Therefore, we should not be afraid to offer that which we receive continually from the Holy Spirit through witnessing with a holy life and spreading the perfume of His living Word among our brothers and sisters.”

The Church’s mission in the world proceeds through the contribution of all those who are part of it.

“Some think that there are bosses in the Church: the Pope, the bishops, the priests, and then there are the others.”

“No, we are all the Church!” he stressed, adding: “And we all have the responsibility of sanctifying each other, of taking care of others.”

Each person, he noted, has his or her work in the Church, but we are all part of her.

“We must think of the Church as a living organism, composed of people we know and walk with, and not as an abstract and distant reality. The Church is us, we who walk, we are the Church, today in this square. Us: this is the Church.”

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Message of Paray-le-Monial and the Jesuits

Pope Francis invites to pray to the Heart of Jesus during the month of June, in the wake of the feast of the Sacred Heart, this Friday, June 8, 2018, World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, instituted by John Paul II.

On the occasion of this Wednesday’s General Audience, June 6, 2018, in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father reminded of the feast of the Heart of Jesus, saying in Italian: “Friday will be the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I invite you to pray to the Heart of Jesus during the month of June and to support your priests with closeness and affection, so that they are the image of this Heart full of merciful love.

And, addressing young people, the sick, the elderly and newlyweds, the Pope added: “Draw from the Heart of Jesus the spiritual food and drink for your life so that, nourished by Christ, you are new persons, transformed in depth by this divine love.”

The two most known invocations of the Heart of Jesus are: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine,” and “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.”

Devotion to the Heart of Christ was born and developed in the Church well before the foundation of the Society of Jesus in the 16th Century and also before the revelations to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th Century.

However, it’s at Paray-le-Monial that the Society of Jesus, in the person of Saint Claude de La Colombiere, SJ, Spiritual Father of Saint Margaret Mary, as well as of her Congregation, the Visitation, received from Christ the mission to spread this devotion.

Popes John Paul II in 1986 and Benedict XVI in 2006, — on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pius XII’s encyclical “Haurietis Aquas” on the Heart of Christ – -, recalled this mission of the Jesuits.

And for Pope Francis, Jesuit Pontiff, “the Heart of Christ is the center of mercy”: he reminded priests of this on the occasion of their Jubilee of Mercy, June 2, 2016, at Saint Mary Major. He recommended that they read Pius XII’s encyclical “Haurietis Aquas” on the Heart of Christ, and stressed that “mercy is a question of freedom,” of heart to heart.

Moreover, on July 9, 2015, during his trip to Ecuador, Pope Francis stressed the fruit of Consecration to the Heart of Christ, which is a renewal of the grace of Baptism, saying: “That was going around in my head and I prayed. I asked God several times in prayer: What do these people have that is different?” And this morning, while praying, this was impressed on me: consecration to the Sacred Heart. I think that I must tell you this as a message of Jesus. All that richness that you have, the spiritual richness of piety, of profundity, which comes from having had the courage, despite very difficult moments, to consecrate the nation to the Heart of Christ, the divine and human Heart that loves us so much. And I observed a bit that – divine and human – certain that you are sinners, as I am, but the Lord forgives everything. And guard that. And then, a few years later, the consecration to the Heart of Mary; don’t forget that this consecration, that this grace that you have, this piety, this thing that makes you different, I feel comes to you from that consecration.”