Pope Francis: ‘True prayer takes us out of ourselves’…

pf prayerThe Pope talked about prayer at Saturday Mass, and it was a message that really strikes home for me.

True prayer brings us out of ourselves: it opens us to the Father and to the neediest of our brothers and sisters. This was a central part of Pope Francis’ message to the faithful gathered for Mass on Saturday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican, with agents of the Vatican Gendarmerie and a group of Argentine journalists with their families in attendance.

The Pope’s homily focused on the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus says, “[I]f you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you.” Discussing Jesus’ words, Pope Francis said, “There’s something new here, something that changes: it is a novelty in prayer. The Father will give us everything, but always in the name of Jesus.” The Lord ascends to the Father, enters “the heavenly Sanctuary,” opens doors and leaves them open because “He Himself is the door,” and “intercedes for us,” as priest, even, “until the end of the world”:

He prays for us before the Father. I always liked that. Jesus, in His resurrection, had a beautiful body: the cuts of the scourging and the crown of thorns are gone, all of them. His bruises from the beatings are healed and gone. But He wanted always to keep His wounds [in His hands, His feet and His side], for those wounds are precisely His prayer of intercession to the Father. [It is as if Jesus were saying,] ‘But … look,’ … this person is asking you this thing in My name, look.’ This is the novelty that Jesus announces to us. He tells us this new thing: to trust in His passion, to trust in His victory over death, to trust in His wounds. He is the priest and this is the sacrifice: his wounds – and this gives us confidence, gives us courage to pray.”

You can read the entire article and comments here.

I want to write about the amazing Homily I heard yesterday, but I want to have enough time to really write about it.

It is important to remember to pray… and ask the Holy Spirit to come down and be our power from above.

  • http://awomansplaceis.blogspot.com/ Cam

    Now you totally have to write about the homily because I strongly disagreed with most of it when I first heard it and hearing another point of view would be great. Between the literal interpretation of Revelation and the “Jesus was not a nice guy” part I felt like pulling out my hair! And of course as a total introvert I kind of took issue with the “you need to join Church groups to be holy” part, so I might have just had an attitude after that point. So I definitely want to read your take (and just take that as what was actually said!) because I was trying to come up with different ways to understand it and hoping my initial reaction was wrong and that I was just in a mood because Mae Bae would not stop talking!