Continuing his quotes on prayer in Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the “Prayer of Praise”, which is possible under every circumstance because God is always faithful.
By Christopher Wells
Pope Francis on Wednesday considered the dimension of praise in prayer in the General Audience, taking his starting point as “a pivotal moment in the life of Jesus”.
At the beginning of his ministry, when he had already begun to preach the kingdom of God and began to perform miracles, “the mission of the Messiah goes through a crisis,” said the pope: John the Baptist expresses skepticism , While the people he called preached that Jesus and his message showed enmity.
But “all right in this hopeless moment,” Pope Francis said, “Jesus did not raise the father a lament, but a hymn of tongues … In the midst of a crisis, Jesus blessed the father, he would praise him is.”
God is praised for who he is
Jesus praises God for who he is, calling him “Father, God of heaven and earth”. Jesus accepts his father as the God of the universe, and identifies as “the God of all exists,” as his father. “Praise said that he is praised by his experience of feeling ‘he is the son of Most High’,” Pope said.
God favors little ones
In his prayer, Jesus praises God “for favoring the little ones.” Pope Francis reported that in his ministry, Jesus saw people who were considered “wise” and “learned” reacting to the sermon on their doubts, while the “little ones” were open to his message. “It can only be the will of the Father,” the Pope said, “and Jesus rejoices in it. We should also rejoice and praise God because humble and simple people welcome the gospel.”
The prayer of praise to Jesus “in that moment of failure” takes us to see our own failures in a different light, Pope Francis continued. He explained that praising God, especially “when it seems evil and there is no way to stop it,” is necessary, not for God, but for our own selves.
Praising God at the time of trial
The pope cites catechism, stating that the prayer of praise “shares in the blessed pleasures of pure joy the heart that loves God in faith before seeing Him in glory.”
Paradoxically, he said, it is not just the times of happiness, when we feel blessed, but especially in the “difficult moments” that we should praise God – well, so that while rising above God, we “One will be able to see” the new panorama, a wider horizon. “
Example of monk
St. Francis, in his canticle of creatures – Laudato SI – presents a classic example of praising God in times of difficulties.
The prayer was composed at the end of Francis’ life, when he was beset with difficulties. Yet at that moment, Pope Francis said, the saint “praises God for all the gifts of creation and even for death, which he boldly calls ‘sister’.”
Examples of saints, Pope Francis said in conclusion, show us that “we can always give praise in good times and bad, because God is faithful friend. This is the foundation of praise: God is faithful friend, and his love never fails.” Does not happen. “