What does Pope Francis say about the Ascension of the Lord? In our catechesis on the Creed during this Year of Faith, we now consider the article which deals with Christ’s Ascension: “He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father”. Saint Luke invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Ascension in the light of the Lord’s entire life, and particularly his decision to “ascend” to Jerusalem to embrace his saving passion and death in obedience to the Father’s will (cf. Lk 9:51).
Two aspects of Luke’s account are significant. First, before returning to the glory of the Father, the risen Jesus blesses his disciples (Lk 24:50). Jesus thus appears as our eternal Priest. True God and true man, he now for ever intercedes for us before the Father. Second, Luke tells us that the Apostles returned to Jerusalem “with great joy” (Lk 24:51). They realize that the risen Lord, though no longer physically present, will always be with them, guiding the life of the Church until he returns in glory.
As we contemplate the mystery of the Ascension, may we too bear joyful witness to the Lord’s resurrection, his loving presence in our midst, and the triumph of his Kingdom of life, holiness and love.
Pope Francis's public remarks from his weekly audience:
We have to empty ourselves of the many small or great idols that we have and in which we take refuge, on which we often seek to base our security. They are idols that we sometimes keep well hidden; they can be ambition, a taste for success, placing ourselves at the centre, the tendency to dominate others, the claim to be the sole masters of our lives, some sins to which we are bound, and many others. This evening I would like a question to resound in the heart of each of you, and I would like you to answer it honestly: Have I considered which idol lies hidden in my life that prevents me from worshipping the Lord? Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.
What changes did Pope Francis make?
1. Changed the golden throne by a wooden chair ... something more appropriate for
the disciple of a carpenter.
2. Did not want the gold-embroidered red stole,
heir of the Roman Empire, nor the red cape...
3. Uses same old black shoes, not the classic red.
4. Uses a metal cross, not of rubies and diamonds.
5. His papal ring is silver, not gold.
6. Uses the same black pants under the cassock ,to remember that he
is another priest.
7. Removed the red carpet ... He is not interested in fame and applause ...
This article is entitled, "Rejecting Holy Spirit's work in Vatican II is 'foolish,' Pope says : : Catholic News Agency (CNA) dated April 18, 2013.
Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA.
The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many in the Church are unwilling to fully embrace what God inspired in the Council fathers.
In his homily at an April 16 Mass at St. Martha's Residence, the Pope observed that the Holy Spirit always "moves us, makes us walk and pushes the Church forward." However, he said, we often respond by saying, "Don't bother us." We want to put the Holy Spirit to sleep," the Pontiff noted. "We want to 'tame' the Holy Spirit. And that doesn't work, because He is God. He is the wind that comes and goes and we know not from where." "He is the strength of God, the one who gives us comfort and drives us to continue forward." Pope Francis continued. But the idea of "going forward" is what often bothers us, because we want to "remain comfortable," he explained.
"This temptation is still here today," the Holy Father observed, pointing the Second Vatican Council as an example. The Council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit," he stressed. "But after 50 years have we done everything that the Holy Spirit told us at the Council? he asked, questioning whether the Church currently contains the Council's "continuity of growth." "No," he answered. Some Catholics want to "build a monument" to the Council without being willing to change, the Pope lamented. "And what's more, there are some who want to turn back." "This is called being stubborn, this is called wanting to tame the Holy Spirit, this is called being foolish and slow of heart," he stressed.
The same thing happens with our own personal lives, the Holy Father continued, explaining that we often resist when "the Holy Spirit pushes us to take a more evangelical path." "Do not resist the Holy Spirit," Pope Francis urged. "It is the Spirit that makes us free, with that freedom of Jesus, that freedom of the children of God!"
"This is the grace that I wish all of us would ask of the Lord: docility to the Holy Spirit, to that Spirit who comes to us and makes us advance down the path to holiness, that holiness of the Church that is so beautiful," the Pope concluded.