‘We notice that the Holy Spirit speaks, but not of himself: He announces Jesus and reveals the Father,’ the Holy Father told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 12.
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‘May the Virgin May help us to keep our heart awaken to welcome this time of grace that God offers to us,’ the Holy Father prayed March 13, the ninth anniversary of his pontificate.
The Holy Father told the faithful: ‘On this first Sunday of the year, I renew to you all the Lord’s blessings of peace and good. In joyful moments and in sad ones, let us entrust ourselves to him, he who is our strength and our hope.’
Pope Francis emphasized that “God is love and love is humble, it does not exalt itself, but descends like the rain that falls to the earth and brings life.”
“Mary’s secret is humility,” Pope Francis said, noting that the poet Dante called the Virgin Mary “humbler and loftier than any creature.”
Pope Francis said that even when Catholic hospitals face economic difficulties, it is vital to remember that “the Church’s vocation is not to have money, but to serve, and service is always free.”
‘When Jesus draws near to us, he fills us with joy,’ the Holy Father said April 18.