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Pope Francis added that if Catholics did not have prayer at hand, they could simply pray “Come, Holy Spirit” – as “the Madonna and the Apostles prayed during the days when Christ ascended into heaven” .

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged Christians to call on the Holy Spirit more often when they face difficulty, exhaustion or discouragement in daily life during his general audience on Wednesday.

“Let us learn to invoke the Holy Spirit often,” Pope Francis said in the Paul VI Hall Nov. 10.

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“We can do it with simple words at different times of the day.”

The pope recommended that Catholics keep with them a copy of the “beautiful prayer that the Church recites at Pentecost”, which he recited for pilgrims gathered in the Vatican Hall.

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“Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your heavenly abode, spread a ray of divine light! Come, come, Father of the poor! Come, Source of all our store! Come, shine in our breasts. You, of the comforters the best; You are the soul’s most welcome guest; A sweet refreshment… Come,” said the Pope.

Pope Francis added that if Catholics did not have prayer at hand, they could simply pray “Come, Holy Spirit” – as “the Madonna and the Apostles prayed during the days when Christ ascended into heaven” .

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“The key word is this: come. Come. But you have to say it yourself in your own words. Come, because I am in trouble. Come, because I am in the dark. Come, because I don’t know what to do. Come, because I’m going to fall. Come. Come. It’s… how to invoke the Spirit,” he said.

Pope Francis also offered Christians the guidance of Saint Augustine of Hippo, the 4th-century Doctor of the Church, when one feels discouraged, weak or marginalized by the world.

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“St. Augustine, referring to the Gospel episode of the storm on the lake, suggests how to react to this situation. Here is what he says: “The faith of Christ in your heart is like Christ in the boat. You hear insults, you get exhausted, you are upset and Christ is sleeping. Wake up Christ, wake up your faith! Even in the tribulation you can do something. Awaken your faith. Christ wakes up and speaks to you…Therefore, wake up Christ…Believe what you have been told, and there will be immense calm in your heart,” the pope said, quoting from one of Augustine’s sermons.

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Pope Francis explained: “It is the only thing we can do in terrible times: to awaken the Christ who is in us, but who sleeps like [he did] in the boat. It is exactly like that.

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“We must awaken Christ in our hearts and only then can we contemplate things with his eyes because he sees beyond the storm. Through this serene gaze we can see a panorama that is not even conceivable by ourselves.

At the start of the live-streamed audience, the priests read Galatians 6:9-10, 18 in which St. Paul exhorts Christians “not to be weary of doing what is right”.

“In this difficult but captivating journey, the Apostle reminds us that we cannot tire ourselves when it comes to doing good,” the Pope said.

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“We must trust that the Spirit always comes to help us in our weakness and gives us the support we need. Let us therefore learn to invoke the Holy Spirit more often.

The pope noted that this was his final reflection in a 15-week cycle of catechesis on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians.

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“We have come to the end of the catechesis on the Letter to the Galatians. We could have reflected on so many other contents contained in this writing of Saint Paul,” Pope Francis said.

“The Word of God is an inexhaustible source. And in this letter, the Apostle spoke to us as an evangelizer, as a theologian and as a pastor.

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Pope Francis pointed out how the “original intuitions of Saint Paul help us to discover the shocking novelty contained in the revelation of Jesus Christ”.

“Paul never conceived of Christianity in peaceful terms, lacking in bite and force — on the contrary. With such passion he defended the freedom brought by Christ that it still moves us today, especially if we think of the suffering and loneliness he had to endure,” the pope said.

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“He was convinced that he had received a call that only he could answer; and he wanted to explain to the Galatians that they too were called to this freedom which freed them from all forms of slavery because it made them heirs of the ancient promise and, in Christ, children of God.

After the address, a summary of the Pope’s catechesis was read in seven languages. After each summary, he greeted the members of each language group.

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He said, “I greet the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s audience, especially the groups from England and the United States of America.”

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“In this month of November, we pray for the loved ones who have left us and for all the dead, so that the Lord, in his mercy, may welcome them into the Kingdom of Heaven. Upon you and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of Christ. God bless you.”

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In his greetings to Italian speakers, the pope recalled that November 10 is the feast day of the fifth-century pope Saint Leo the Great.

He said: “Today the liturgy remembers Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church, who dedicated his life to the defense and dissemination of Gospel truth. Through his intercession, may you live your faith with joy and be serene witnesses to the Lord’s love.