Vatican City (CNA) -- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit has the power to fill us with the hope of Christ, in turn making us Christians vessels that bring hope to others, rather than bitterness or desperation.
"The Holy Spirit makes us not only able to hope, but also to be sowers of hope, that we too are, like him and thanks to him -- the "paraclete" -- consolers and defenders of our brothers, sowers of hope," Pope Francis said May 31.
"A Christian can sow bitterness, can sow perplexity, and this is not Christian," he said, adding: "whoever does this is not a good Christian. Sow hope: sow the oil of hope, sow the fragrance of hope, and not the vinegar of bitterness and hopelessness."
Francis continued his reflections on the virtue of hope during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, this time centering on the role of the Holy Spirit in anticipation of the Feast of Pentecost.
Hope is simultaneously, as St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Hebrews, like an anchor and a sail, the Pope said. "If the anchor is what gives the boat safety and keeps it 'anchored' between the waves of the sea, the sail, instead, is what makes it proceed and advance on the waters."
"Hope is really like a sail; it collects the wind of the Holy Spirit and transforms it into a driving force pushing the boat, depending on the case, offshore or to shore," he explained.