May 13, 2013

The Christian faith is about saying “yes” to God’s love and forgiveness in a way that saying “no” to sin will come naturally, Pope Francis said.

The Church is “a community of ‘yes,’ and the ‘no’s’ are a consequence of this ‘yes,’” the pope said May 2 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Preaching about the earliest Christian community, Pope Francis said it is clear that the promptings of the Holy Spirit can create problems for people.

The Holy Spirit does two things, he said, “first, it pushes,” which can create problems, then “it creates harmony in the Church.”