The Holy Spirit animates the Church: Holy Father


VATICAN CITY, 12 JUNE 2011 (Vatican Information Service) - In his Homily for the Feast of Pentecost, Pope Benedict XVI has said that the Holy Spirit enables us to recognise ourselves in Christ the Lord, and causes us to pronounce the Church's profession of faith.

"By reciting the Creed we enter into the mystery of the Pentecost," the Holy Father said. "The Creed brings us together from all over the world. Through the Holy Spirit, it ensures we understand one another though speaking different languages. Through faith, hope and love, the new community of the Church of God is formed.

"The Holy Spirit animates the Church. The Church is not the result of human will, of reflection, of man's abilities or his capacity for organisation. If this were the case she would have passed out of existence a long time ago, just as all human things pass. She is, rather, the Body of Christ animated by the Holy Spirit.

"The Church was catholic from the first moment of her existence. Her universality is not the result of the subsequent inclusion of different communities: from the first instant the Holy Spirit created her as the Church of all peoples.

"She embraces the entire world, crossing frontiers of race, class and nation, breaking down barriers and uniting mankind in the proclamation of the One and Triune God. From her beginnings, the Church was one, catholic and apostolic.

"This is her true nature and as such she must be recognised. She is holy, not thanks to any capacity of her members, but because God Himself, with His Spirit, continuously creates, purifies and sanctifies her."

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