11/18/2020, 11.58
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Pope: pray like Mary: “Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want”

“If in prayer we understand that every day given by God is a call, then we open our hearts and welcome everything. We learn to say: 'What You want, Lord. Just promise me that you will be present at every step of my journey. ' This is important: ask the Lord for His presence, so that He does not abandon us”.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pray like Mary: "“Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want”". A simple prayer, "but to put our lives in God’s hands" was the topic of Pope Francis’ general audience today, once again held in the private library.

Continuing in the cycle of catechesis on prayer, Francis focuses his meditation on "The Virgin Mary praying woman".

“Our Lady - he said - prayed. When the world still knew nothing of her, when she was a simple girl engaged to a man of the house of David, Mary prayed. We can imagine the young girl of Nazareth wrapped in silence, in continual dialogue with God, who would soon entrust her with a mission. She is already full of grace and immaculate from the moment she was conceived, but she knows nothing yet of her surprising and extraordinary vocation and the stormy sea she will have to cross.”

“One thing is certain: Mary belongs to a great host of the humble of heart whom the official historians never include in their books, but whom God used to prepare for the coming of His Son. Mary did not autonomously conduct her life: she waits for God to take the reins of her path and guide her where He wants. She is docile, and with her availability she prepares the grand events in which God takes part in the world.”

" Mary was praying when the Archangel Gabriel came to bring his message to her in Nazareth. Her small yet immense “Here I am”, which makes all of creation jump for joy at that moment, was preceded throughout salvation history by many other “Here I ams”, by many trusting obediences, by many who were open to God’s will.”

“How many believers live their prayer like this!" They do not get upset when their days are filled with problems, but they go about facing reality and knowing that in humble love offered in each situation, we become instruments of God’s grace : Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want” '. A simple prayer, but it is putting our life in the hands of the Lord, so that he can guide us. We can all pray like this, almost without words. Simple: 'Lord, what you want, how much you want and how you want ".

“If in prayer we understand that each day given by God is a call, our hearts will then widen and we will accept everything. We will learn how to say: “What You want, Lord. Promise me only that You will be present every step of my way. This is important: to ask the Lord for his presence, so that he does not abandon us”.

“Mary accompanied Jesus’s entire life in prayer, right up to His death and resurrection; and in the end, she accompanied the first steps of the nascent Church (see Acts 1:14). She prayed with the disciples who had witnessed the scandal of the cross. She prayed with Peter who had succumbed to fear and cried for remorse. Mary was there, in the midst of the men and women whom her Son had called to form His Community. She prayed with them and for them. And, once again, her prayer precedes into the future that is about to be fulfilled: by the work of the Holy Spirit she became the Mother of God, and by the work of the Holy Spirit she became the Mother of the Church.”

“In the Virgin Mary, the natural female intuition is enhanced by her very singular union with God in prayer. For this reason, reading the Gospel, we notice that she sometimes seems to disappear, only to reappear at crucial moments: she is open to the voice of God who guides her heart and her steps where there is need for her presence as a mother and disciple. Mary never says do as I tell you, she always points to Jesus ”.

“Someone - he concluded - compared the heart of Mary to a pearl of incomparable splendour, formed and polished by the patient acceptance of God's will through the mysteries of Jesus meditated in prayer. How nice if we too can look a little like our Mother! With the heart open to the word of God, who knows how to welcome”.

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