On Wednesday, Pope Francis talked about the importance of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and in the lives of Christians during general audience. He said that listening to the Holy Spirit is essential for living out the Christian faith. It is because only the Holy Spirit tells us "we are loved by God as His children, that we can love God as his children, and that by his grace we can live as children of God, as did Jesus."
The Pope talked about a line in the Creed:"The Holy Spirit: Lord and Giver of Life". He said that "in all times and in all places man has yearned for a full and beautiful life, a just and good one, a life that is not threatened by death. Man is like a traveler who, crossing the deserts of life, has a thirst for living water, gushing and fresh, capable of quenching his deep desire for light, love, beauty and peace. We all feel this desire! And Jesus gives us this living water: it is the Holy Spirit" The Holy Spirit is extremely important for the faith of Christians, just like humans need water.
The Pope points out that the Holy Spirit leads people to live lives as God's children, "the life of true children, a relationship of familiarity, freedom and trust in the love and mercy of God, which as an effect has also a new vision of others, near and far, seen always as brothers and sisters in Jesus to be respected and loved."
Pope Francis: God loves us and always forgives us