Pope: Life’s essential ingredient is prayer

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer yesterday (Vatican Media)

On the first Sunday of Advent yesterday, Pope Francis reminded Christians that an essential ingredient for living an alert and joyful life is prayer. Source: CNA.

“Be awake, guard your heart,” the Pope said in his message before the Angelus yesterday.

“And let’s add an essential ingredient: the secret to being watchful is prayer.

“In fact, Jesus says: ‘Keep awake at all times praying’ (Luke 21:36). It is prayer that keeps the lamp of the heart burning. Especially when we feel that enthusiasm is cooling, prayer rekindles it, because it brings us back to God, to the centre of things,” he added.

The Pope also emphasised that “prayer awakens the soul from sleep and focuses it on what matters – on the end of existence”.

“Even on the busiest days, let’s not neglect prayer,” he urged, recommending an easy prayer to say during Advent: “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

“Let’s repeat this prayer throughout the day, and the soul will remain alert,” he said.

The Pope warned people not to become “sleepy Christians”, who let their hearts become lazy and “their spiritual life soften into mediocrity”.

“We need to be vigilant so as not to drag the days into routine, so as not to be burdened – says Jesus – by the troubles of life,” he said.

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Pope Francis: Life’s essential ingredient is prayer (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

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