By Anne Kurian
March 10, 2017
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The Holy Spirit, who is “love in a pure state,” is the “most exciting reality that one can think of”: He is “the only one that can breathe a soul into our withered humanity,” said Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Papal Household Preacher, who on March 10, 2017 will open in the Vatican a series of homilies on Fridays of Lent on this theme.
In a conversation published on the eve in L’Osservatore Romano in Italian, the Capuchin Religious explained this year’s theme: “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).
As during Advent 2016, the homilies intend to “bring to light . . . the veritable novelty of the post-Council, that is, a clearer awareness of the place of the Spirit in life and in the theology of the Church.”
They are also intended to mark the 50th anniversary of Renewal in the Spirit in the Catholic Church, a “jubilee that Pope Francis wishes to have celebrated with particular solemnity and ecumenical opening to the forthcoming Pentecost,” continued Father Cantalamessa. Read the rest at ZENIT.