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Identity of believing Christians comes from the Holy Spirit, Pope preaches

Pope Francis has said that those who are open to the Holy Spirit receive a true Christian identity.
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The identity of a Christian comes from the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis reminded the congregation at today's daily Mass in the chapel of the St. Martha residence. The Holy Father said that “we, too, can ask ourselves: what is our identity as Christians.” A person might have a great deal of theological knowledge and understanding, the Pontiff explained, but not be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. “Perhaps you will be a great theologian, but you are not a Christian, because you do not have the Spirit of God! That which gives authority, that which gives you your identity and the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope said.

“Paul preached with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, expressing spiritual things of the Spirit in spiritual terms. Man, left to his own devises, cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit of God. Man alone cannot understand this!” Francis explained. “If we Christians do not understand the things of the Spirit well, if we do not give or offer a witness, then we lack identity. Now, we have the thought of Christ, and that is the Spirit of Christ. This is the Christian identity.” A person who truly has the Holy Spirit in their life has a Christian identity that comes from the Spirit. “The authority of Jesus – and the authority of the Christian – comes from this ability to understand the things of the Spirit, to speak the language of the Spirit. It comes from this anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

“Bestow on us Your Spirit," the Pope prayed. "Bestow on us your way of thinking, of hearing, of speaking: that is, Lord, bestow on us the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

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