Say yes to Holy Spirit, no to divisive ideologies: Pope

Pope told believers worldwide that “the Holy Spirit is telling the Church that today is the time for comforting.”

In his homily, Pope Francis recalled that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit – “the Paraclete” – to his disciples after he left this world; and they received his “ultimate gift” in Jerusalem on that first Pentecost day.

Looking at his global audience, Pope said, “dear sister, dear brother, if you feel the darkness of solitude, if you feel that an obstacle within you blocks the way to hope, if your heart has a festering wound, if you can see no way out, then open your heart to the Holy Spirit.”

Addressing members of the Church today, Pope Francis said, “if we listen to the Spirit, we will not be concerned with conservatives and progressives, traditionalists and innovators, right and left. When those become our criteria, then the Church has forgotten the Spirit.” He reminded them that “the Paraclete impels us to unity, to concord, to the harmony of diversity.

He makes us see ourselves as parts of the same body, brothers, and sisters of one another.”

He warned that “the enemy wants diversity to become opposition and so he makes them become ideologies.” Adding to his prepared text, Francis said: “Say no to ideologies, yes to the whole.”