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Pope Francis: Complaining to God is not a sin

POPE FRANCIS "A priest I know once told a woman who complained to God about her misfortunes. He said, â??That is a form of prayer. Go ahead with it.â?? The Lord hears us, He listens to our complaints. Think of the great men, of Job, when in chapter III he says: â??Cursed be the day I came into the world,â?? and then there's Jeremiah, in the twentieth chapter: â??Damned be the dayâ??  they complained and even cursed', not to the Lord, but to the situation, right? It is only human.â?

The Mass was attended by a group of employees from both the Vatican's Library and the Congregation for Divine Worship. EXCERPT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio) "To lament before God is not a sin. A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune: â??But, madam, that is a form of prayer. Go ahead with it.â?? The Lord hears, He listens to our complaints. Think of the great men, of Job, when in chapter III he says: â??Cursed be the day I came into the world,â?? and Jeremiah, in the twentieth chapter: â??Cursed be the dayâ?? â?? they complain even cursing, not the Lord, but the situation, right? It is only human.â?

"The Sadducees were talking about this woman as if she were a laboratory, all aseptic - hers was a moral problem. When we think of the people who suffer so much, do we think of them as though they were an [abstract moral conundrum], pure ideas, â??but in this case ... this case ...â??, or do we think about them with our hearts, with our flesh, too? I do not like it when people speak about tough situations in an academic and not a human manner, sometimes with statistics ... and thatâ??s it. In the Church there are many people in this situation.â?

"Pray for them. They must come into my heart, they must be a cause of restlessness for me: my brother is suffering, my sister suffers. Here is the mystery of the communion of saints: pray to the Lord, â??But, Lord, look at that person: he cries, he is suffering. Pray, let me say, with the flesh: that our flesh pray. Not with ideas. Praying with the heart.â? BB -CTV -JM -BN Up:KLH