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‘The Holy Spirit guides us in life’

By Vaseline May26,2024
‘The Holy Spirit guides us in life’

During a Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the first World Children’s Day, Pope Francis says: “God created us, Jesus saved us, and the Holy Spirit accompanies us throughout our lives.”

May 27, 2024

‘The Holy Spirit guides us in life’

Pope Francis leads mass on World Children’s Day

By Francesca Merlo
The closing event of the first World Children’s Day – an event held at the request of Pope Francis that gathered around 50,000 young people yesterday at Rome’s Olympic Stadium – was a Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

It was Trinity Sunday and the Pope reflected on the feast in his homily.

In his address to the assembled children, Pope Francis emphasized the deep unity and love within the Holy Trinity, describing it as a family. “We pray to God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. How many ‘gods’ are there? One in every three persons,” he explained.

The Pope then asked the assembled children, “When we pray to God the Father, what is the prayer that we all pray?” They responded: “The Lord’s Prayer,” after which the Holy Father encouraged them to always seek guidance from God, the Father who created us all and loves us deeply.

Pope Francis then turned his attention to Jesus, the Son, and spoke of the importance of Jesus in their lives. “We pray to Jesus because He helps us, stays close to us, and even when we receive communion, we receive Jesus and He forgives all our sins,” he said. Then he asked, “Is it true that Jesus forgives everything?” and the children responded “yes!”

Pope Francis then continued to speak about the Holy Spirit. He explained that understanding the Holy Spirit could be challenging, describing the Spirit as the divine presence within us, received through baptism and the sacraments. “The Holy Spirit is the one who accompanies us in life,” he told the children, before encouraging them to repeat the same phrase together. He explained that the Holy Spirit guides them to do good and provides comfort and strength in difficult times.

Finally, the Holy Father spoke to the children about Mary. “What is the name of our Mother in heaven?” he asked, and the children replied, “Mary.” Then they said the Hail Mary together.

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis urged the children to pray for their parents, grandparents, sick children and for peace in the world. “Pray for us,” the Pope concluded, “so that we can all move forward.” –Vatican News

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