Prayer opens the sky, gives oxygen to life and makes things see “in a broader way.” It is “the way”, according to the Pope, “to let God act in us, to grasp what He wants to communicate to us even in the most difficult situations”, and thus have “the strength to move forward.”
Punctually at noon on January 9, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray together with the faithful present in Saint Peter’s Square the Marian prayer of the Angelus. Commenting on the Liturgy of the day, which shows the scene with which the public life of Jesus begins, Pope Francis invited us to stop at an important point, namely, at the moment when Jesus receives Baptism: the text – he pointed out – says that he was “praying.”
Prayer is the key that opens the heart to the Lord
This is a “great teaching” for us, the Holy Father pointed out: immersed “in the problems of life and in many intricate situations, called to face difficult moments and choices that overwhelm us”, if we do not want to remain crushed, “we need to elevate everything to the top ”. And thus, prayer, “which is not a means of escape, is not a magical rite or a repetition of songs learned by heart”, is “the way”, according to the Pope, “to let God act in us, to grasp what He wants to communicate to us even in the most difficult situations ”, and, in this way,“ have the strength to go forward ”.
Prayer gives oxygen to life and opens to heaven
Prayer “gives oxygen to life,” said Francisco, in addition to making us see things “in a broader way.”
Let’s not neglect prayer
Before concluding, Pope Francis left some questions for the reflection of the faithful: “How is my prayer going? Do I pray out of habit, reluctantly, just reciting some formulas? Or do I cultivate intimacy with God, dialogue with him, listen to his Word ? “
Encouraging that, among the many things we do, “we do not neglect prayer”, he asked that we dedicate time to it, suggesting that, in addition to reading the Gospel every day, “we use brief invocations to repeat often” because prayer “opens to heaven. “To the Mother, the praying Virgin, who” has made her life a song of praise to God “, the Pope invited to address in prayer.