» 05/04/2011, 00.00
Pope: Man has always prayed, but praying is an acquired "art"
Benedict XVI begins a series of catechesis dedicated to prayer. As an "introduction" he illustrates pre-Christian cultures in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome sensed the need to turn to gods. Therein lies "a testimony of the religious dimension and the desire for God inscribed in the hearts of every man."
Pope: "There is no human cry that is not heard by God"
General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of prayer in the Letters of St. Paul. It is true that "we do not know how to pray: We can only open ourselves up, make time available for God; wait for Him to help us truly enter into dialogue”. World Day of the Family, work, supports it and allows it to be open to life. Sunday "as a day of rest."
Pope: no opposition between the "primary requirement" of proclamation and the "duty" of charity
At the general audience, Benedict XVI returns to emphasize the necessity of prayer for us today, used to evaluating everything according to the criteria of productivity and efficiency, "we must not lose ourselves in pure activism." "The Church must not only proclaim the Word, but live the Word that is charity."
Pope encourages initiative to abolish the death penalty
Benedict XVI begins a series of catechesis dedicated to the prayer of Jesus, it "runs through all his life as a secret channel that irrigates his existence, relationships, gestures and which leads him, with a progressive firmness, towards the total gift of self according to the plan of love of God the Father. " Today Christians must be "witnesses of prayer, because our world is often closed to the Divine horizon and to hope that brings an encounter with God."
Pope: pray and accompany me spiritually to Madrid for WYD
At the general audience in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI that tomorrow he will join the gathering of young people in Spain. He urges the faithful to find time every day to "nourish their spiritual life and contact with God."
Pope: I have always felt supported by the prayers of the Church, especially in difficult times
Benedict XVI continues to devote catechesis for the general audience to prayer. He comments on the captivity and liberation of Peter. "The Apostle even in chains is clam, he does not feel alone, the community is praying for him, the Lord is near." "To pray well" means "to turn towards God and not to our own benefit."
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