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Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times”
"Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Prepare and pray: they are the "things"
to do ahead of those "dark times" that "we will all have". And
even lament, in those moments, becomes prayer and not "overdramatized".
The was the focus of Pope Francis' homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta, inspired
by a passage from the Book of Job who bent by misfortune, curses the day he was
The Pope noted
that his prayer at
first appears to us like a curse. He recalled how Job was "put to the test",
how he "lost his entire family, everything he possessed", how he lost his
health and "his body had become a plague, a disgusting plague".
The Pope said in that moment "he
had lost all patience and he says these things. They are ugly!
But he was always
accustomed to speak the truth and this is
the truth that he feels at that
moment". Pope Francis recalled how even Jeremiah, "uses
almost the same words: 'Cursed be the day I was born!'",
and then he asked: "But is this man
blaspheming? This is my question: Is this man who is so
very alone, blaspheming?".
it blasphemy when Jesus complains - 'Father, why have You forsaken me'? This
is the mystery. I have often listened to people who are
experiencing difficult and painful situations, who
have lost a great deal or feel lonely
and abandoned and they come to complain and
ask these questions: Why? Why? They rebel against
God. And I say, 'Continue to pray just like this, because this is a prayer'. It was a prayer when Jesus
said to his
father: 'Why have You forsaken me!'".
continued that what Job is doing in the First Reading is praying, because prayer means being
truthful before God. This was the only way Job could
pray. "We should pray with reality - he added - true prayer comes from the heart, from the moment that we are living in".
"It is prayer in times of darkness, in
those moments of life that seem hopeless, where we cannot see the horizon". "And so many people, so many today, are in the same situation as Job. So
many good people, just like Job, do not
understand what has happened to them,
or why. Many brothers and sisters
who have no hope. Just think of the
tragedies, the great tragedies, for example, of these brothers
and sisters of ours who because they are Christians were driven out of their homes
and left with nothing:
'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in you a curse, Lord?
think of the elderly who are sidelined - he continued -
think of the sick, of the many lonely people in hospitals". The Pope assured that the Church prays for
all of these people and for those of us when we walk in darkness. "The Church prays! She takes this pain upon
herself and prays". And those of us who "are not sick, or hungry, who have
no pressing needs, when we suffer a little darkness of soul, act like martyrs
and stop praying".
The Pope continued that
there are even those who say: "I
am angry with God, I will not go to Mass". "But why? Over some trifling thing" is
the answer. Pope Francis recalled
that St. Therese of the Child
Jesus, in the last months of her
life, "tried to think of heaven,
but heard a voice within herself, telling her not to be silly, not to be led astray by fantasies. Do you know what awaits you? Nothing!".
"We all go through this situation,
we experience this situation. There are
so many people who think it all ends in nothing. Yet Saint Teresa, prayed
and asked for strength to persevere
in the dark. This is called entering into patience. Our life is too easy, our
complaints are overdramatized.
Faced with the complaints of so many people, of so many brothers and sisters who are in the dark, who have
almost lost all memory, almost lost
all hope - who are experiencing this exile from themselves, who are exiled, even from themselves - nothing! Jesus walked this path: from sunset on the Mount of Olives to the last word from the Cross: 'Father, why have you forsaken me!".
Pope Francis concluded
that there are two things that can help in such situations: "First, to prepare
ourselves for when the darkness comes" which perhaps, will not be as hard as
that of Job, "but which will come.
Prepare your heart for that
moment". Second: "Pray,
pray as the
Church prays, pray with the Church for so many brothers and sisters who suffer exile
from themselves, who are in darkness and
suffering, without hope at hand." It is the prayer of the Church for these 'Suffering Jesus' who are everywhere".
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