THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
DOCILITY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
We do need to understand things with our minds, but we must
put on the mind of Christ. If, in the face of continued explanations
and reasonable answers given to our questions, we still persist
in our dissent, then there is already something seriously
wrong with that.
Pope Francis says that the Holy Spirit prompts us to do bold
things. Such as LCSC. It does take a while for something out-of-the-box
to be understood and digested. So it is fine to ask questions
and even challenge, in a good way, what is being put forth.
But there comes a time when continued dissent, coming back
with the same questions, spinning round and round, being legalistic,
wanting to argue, sticking to one’s own ideas, is no
longer just wanting to know, but is already resisting the
Holy Spirit. It is pride, intellectual arrogance and hardness
Listen to Pope Francis. “Ask the Lord for the grace
of docility to the Holy Spirit.” So we can all move
forward in life, being creative in our mission, and being
joyful for what God gives us. So that we can do the work God
gives us and thus accomplish His purposes. “Ask for
the grace of obedience” and submission and humility,
for these are our defenses against the “evil spirit
of self-sufficiency, pride, arrogance, closure of the heart
to the Holy Spirit.”
Morning Homily: Be Docile to the Holy Spirit
Against Being Hard of Heart, 'Intellectual Aristocrats'
CITY, May 13, 2014 ( Zenit.org) - We
cannot understand the things of God only with our heads, we
need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit too.
was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Tuesday at
Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also said that faith is a gift
of God which we cannot receive if we live our lives “detached”
from His people, the Church.
usual, the Pope reflected on the readings offered by the liturgy
of the day, which show us "two groups of people".
In the First Reading, "there are those who were scattered
because of the persecution that arose" following Stephen’s
martyrdom. "They were dispersed with the seed of the
Gospel," the Pope said, "and they carried it everywhere".
At first, they only spoke to the Jews. Then, "almost
naturally, some of them" who had come to Antioch, "began
to speak to the Greeks". And so, slowly, "they opened
the doors to the Greeks, to the pagans”. Once the news
arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas was sent to Antioch "to
carry out an inspection". He noticed that everyone “was
happy" because "a large number of people was added
to the Lord".
Francis noted that these people did not say: “Let's
go to the Jews first, then the Greeks, then pagans, then everyone.
No! They allowed themselves
to be carried by the Holy Spirit! They were docile to the
Holy Spirit". And then, he said, "one
thing leads to another" and "they end up opening
the doors to everyone: to the pagans, who were considered
unclean in the mentality of the time ... they opened the doors
he stressed, "is the first group of people, those who
are docile to the Holy Spirit". Sometimes, he added,
"the Holy Spirit prompts
us to do bold things, such as driving Philip
to go and baptize" the Minister of Ethiopia, or "how
he pushed Peter to go and baptize Cornelius".
times, the Holy Spirit leads us gently and the virtue is in
allowing ourselves to be carried by the Holy Spirit, in not
resisting the Holy Spirit, in being docile to the Holy Spirit.
And the Holy Spirit works in the Church today, is acting in
our lives today. Some of you may say: 'I have never seen him!'.
But pay attention to what is happening, to what comes to your
mind, to what comes in your heart. Good things? It is the
Spirit that invites you to take that path. It takes docility!
Docility to the Holy Spirit”.
second group presented to us in the readings of the day is
, who came to Jesus in the temple: they are the doctors
of the law."
the Pope noted, has always had problems with them, "because
they never arrived at understanding: they always came back
to the same point, because they believed that religion was
a thing of the mind, of laws". They saw
it as a question of "fulfilling the commandments and
nothing more. They cannot even imagine the existence of the
Holy Spirit". The questioned Jesus , "they
wanted to argue. Everything was about the mind, the intellect".
"These people had no heart - he added -there is no love
or beauty, there is no harmony" these
people “only want explanations":
you give them their explanations and, not convinced, they
return with more questions. This is their way: they spin round
and round ... As they spun Jesus around throughout
his life, until the time that they were able to take him and
kill him! These people do not
open their hearts to the Holy Spirit! They believe that the
things of God can be understood only with the head, with ideas,
with their own ideas. They are proud. They think they know
everything. And what does not fit into their intelligence
is not true. You can raise a dead man in front
of them , but they do not believe".
"goes further" and says "something very strong":
"You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep!
You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel.
You have left the people. You
are in intellectual aristocracy". This attitude, he warned,
"closes the heart. They have denied their
people had become detached from the people of God and therefore
could not believe. Faith is a gift from God! But faith comes
if you are in His people, if you are, right now, in the Church,
if you are helped by the sacraments, brothers and sisters,
by the assembly, if you believe that this Church is the People
of God. These people had distanced themselves, they did not
believe in the people of God, they only believed in their
own things, and thus built a whole system of commandments
that chased the people away: they chased people away and would
not let them come into the Church, the people. They could
not believe! This is the sin
of resisting the Holy Spirit".
Francis concluded by saying there are "two groups of
people": those who are "gentle, sweet people, humble,
open to the Holy Spirit", and the others "proud,
self-sufficient, detached from the people, intellectual aristocrats,
who closed their doors and resist the Holy Spirit".
is not just stubbornness", he said, "it is much
more: it is having a hard heart! And this is more dangerous".
"Let us ask the Lord for the grace of docility to the
Holy Spirit to move forward in life, to be creative, to be
joyful, because the other people were not joyful".
When "there is a lot of seriousness, the Spirit of God
is lacking," he said. We ask, therefore, "for
the grace of obedience and that the Holy Spirit will help
us to defend ourselves from this other evil spirit of self-sufficiency,
pride, arrogance, closure of the heart to the Holy Spirit”.
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