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Homily and Video: Pope Francis Baptizes 33 Infants in the Sistine Chapel

Diane Montagna - published on 01/10/15

Therefore, do not forget often to invoke the Holy Spirit, every day. “Do you pray, Madame?” — “Yes” — “To whom do you pray?” — “I pray to God” — But “God”, like this, does not exist: God is a person and as persons there are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “To whom do you pray?” — “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Usually we pray to Jesus. When we pray the “Our Father”, we pray to the Father. But we don’t pray much to the Holy Spirit. It is so important to pray to the Holy Spirit, because he teaches us to carry our families, the children, forward so that these children grow up in the atmosphere of the Holy Trinity. It is the Holy Spirit who carries this forward. Therefore, don’t forget to invoke the Holy Spirit often, every day. You can do it, for example, with this simple prayer: “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love”. You can make this prayer for your babies, as well as for yourselves naturally.

When you say this prayer, you will feel the maternal presence of the Virgin Mary. She teaches us to pray to the Holy Spirit, and to live according to the Spirit, like Jesus. May Our Lady, our Mother, always accompany the journey of your children and of your families. Amen.

Translation by Diane Montagna of Aleteia’s English edition.

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