Pope Francis said today, during the General Audience:
The Holy Spirit nurtures hope not only in the heart of men, but also in all creation. The apostle Paul says that even creation “waits with eager longing” for liberation and groans and suffers as in the pain of childbirth (cf Rm 8:20-22). “The energy capable of moving the world is not an anonymous and blind force but the action of the ‘Spirit of God… moving over the face of the waters’ (Gn 1: 2) at the beginning of the Creation” (Benedict XVI, Homily, 31 May 2009)
And he continued:
This too leads us to respect creation: one cannot besmirch a painting without offending the artist who created it.
Let the upcoming feast of Pentecost find us harmonious in prayer, with Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother. And may the gift of the Holy Spirit make us abound in hope.
read the whole text: General Audience, 31 May 2017
Picture in the Header: Detail from the St. Marc’s Cathedral in Venice