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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON POPE FRANCIS
(Part 79)

AFFIRMING OUR DIRECTION - 4

August 18, 2016

Once again, Pope Francis affirms our direction, charism and our mission of evangelization. As he says, the Church needs “passionate missionaries.” These are the mercynaries, the holy warriors. We are to proclaim Jesus to all.

Pope Francis also emphasizes the fire of the Holy Spirit. This is our spirituality, the spirituality of Pentecost, which unfortunately has been largely lost to our Church. But the methodology of the Holy Spirit, as seen from the book of Acts and the writings of Paul, is the only way by which massive worldwide evangelization can be accomplished.

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Church needs missionaries, not managers, Pope says

August 16, 2016

Reflecting on Christ’s words, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing” (Lk. 12:49), Pope Francis called upon the faithful to be open to the fire of the Holy Spirit.

“If we open ourselves totally to the Holy Spirit, He will give us the audacity and fervor to proclaim to all Jesus and His consoling message of mercy and salvation,” the Pope told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his August 14 Sunday Angelus address.

“More than ever, today, more than ever today, we need priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful, with the attentive gaze of the apostle, to be moved and to stand before hardships and material and spiritual poverty, characterizing the process of evangelization and of mission with the sounding rhythm of closeness,” he continued.

The Pope added:
I think with admiration especially of the many priests and religious, all over the world, who are dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of their lives. Their exemplary witness reminds us that the Church does not need bureaucrats and managers, but passionate missionaries, consumed by the ardor to bring the consoling words of Jesus and His regenerating grace to everyone.

If the Church does not receive this fire of the Holy Spirit, or doesn’t let it enter into herself, it becomes a cold or lukewarm Church, incapable of giving life, because it is made up of cold or lukewarm Christians.

References:

  • Angelus Domini 2016.08.14 (YouTube Vatican)
  • Le parole del Papa alla recita dell’Angelus, 14.08.2016 (Holy See Press Office)
  • ANGELUS ADDRESS: On the Fire of the Holy Spirit (Zenit)

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