Prayer should always be a dialogue with God with charitable consideration for others’ needs, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
“There is no room for individualism in dialogue with God,” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience at Paul VI Hall, noting that there is no “I” in the words of the “Our Father” prayer.
One’s prayer should not contain an “ostentation of one’s problems as if we were the only ones in the world to suffer,” the Pope said.
“In prayer, a Christian brings all the difficulties of the people who live next to him: when the evening descends, he tells God about the pains he has encountered on that day, putting before Him many faces, friends and even enemies.”
In a continuation of his weekly catechesis on the “Our Father,” Pope Francis focused on the prayer’s repeated use of the words “you” and “us,” rather than an individualistic “I” in his general audience.
“Jesus teaches us to pray, having first of all ‘You’ on our lips because Christian prayer is dialogue: ‘hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,’” he said. It is about “you” and then “we,” a community of brothers and sisters.
“If one does not realise that there are many people around him who are suffering, if he does not pity for the tears of the poor, if he is addicted to everything, then it means that his heart is of stone,” he said.
“In this case it is good to beg the Lord to touch us with his Spirit and to soften our heart.”
The Pope warned Catholics not be hypocrites seeking attention through prayer, but to follow Christ’s instructions to pray in “the silence of your room” where one can “withdraw from the world, and turn to God, calling him ‘Father’.”
Prayer “at its root, is a silent dialogue, like the crossing of glances between two people who love each other: man and God.”