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Holy Spirit enlightens minds, says Pope

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Pope Francis said in yesterday's Wednesday General Audience that if a believer is open to it, the gift of understanding that comes from the Holy Spirit can enlighten our minds and lead us to a place of deeper and greater intimacy with God, helping us to see the world as God sees it. “When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, he makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and accomplished,” the Holy Father said yesterday. “When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, he makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and accomplished.”

In his catechesis for his Wednesday Audience yesterday, Pope Francis said that the spiritual gift of Wisdom is one where God introduces us more deeply to himself. “What a beautiful gift the Lord has given us. It is the gift with which the Holy Spirit introduces us into intimacy with God and makes us sharers in the plan of love which he has for us,” the Pope taught. This kind of spiritual wisdom “awakens in a Christian the ability to go beyond the outward appearance of reality and to probe the depths of the thoughts of God and his plan of salvation,” he explained.

Pope Francis pointed out that the Gospel account of Jesus' encounter with the two disciples who initially did not recognize him on the Road to Emmaus shows the nature and power of the gift of understanding from the Holy Spirit. “When, however, the Lord explains the Scriptures to them so that they might understand that he had to suffer and die in order then to rise again, their minds are opened and hope is rekindled in their hearts,” the Holy Father explained. The Holy Spirit “opens us to understand better the things of God, human things, situations, all things.”

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