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The Holy Spirit: Soul of the Church

Aleteia - published on 11/29/14

Pope Francis: "

The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. He gives life, he brings forth different charisms which enrich the people of God and, above all, he creates unity among believers: from the many he makes one body, the Body of Christ.

It is true that the Holy Spirit brings forth different charisms in the Church, which at first glance, may seem to create disorder. Under his guidance, however, they constitute an immense richness.

The Church and other Churches and ecclesial communities are called to let themselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, and to remain always open, docile and obedient.

He it is who harmonized the Church. The beautiful saying of St. Basil the Great comes to mind, “Ipse armonia est”. He is harmony.

In our journey of faith and fraternal life, the more we allow ourselves humbly to be guided by the Spirit of the Lord, the more we will overcome misunderstandings, divisions and controversies and be a credible sign of unity and peace. A credible sign that our Lord is Risen and alive!".

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