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Pope Francis at Santa Marta: Let's not pray like “parrots”


In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained the attitude a Christian must have when asking something of God.

POPE FRANCIS
“Courage to fight to get to the Lord. Courage to have faith, at the beginning: 'If you want you can heal me If you want, I believe .' And courage to get closer to the Lord, when there are difficulties. That courage ... Many times, it takes patience and knowing how to wait for the moment, but do not give up, always go forward.”

Therefore, the Holy Father asked Christians to not give up on asking God for something and to pray with faith, not like “parrots” or “without interest.”

EXTRACTS FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)

“Always, when we approach the Lord to ask for something, we must start from faith and do it in faith: "I have faith that you can heal me, I believe you can do this" and have the courage to challenge you, like this leper, this paralytic. Pray in faith.”

“Courage to fight to get to the Lord. Courage to have faith, at the beginning: 'If you want you can heal me If you want, I believe .' And courage to get closer to the Lord, when there are difficulties. That courage ... Many times, it takes patience and knowing how to wait for the moment, but do not give up, always go forward. But if I go with faith to the Lord and say: 'But if you want, you can give me this grace,' and then but ... as the grace after three days has not arrived, another thing ... and I forget.”

“Christian prayer is born of faith in Jesus and always goes with faith beyond difficulties.”

“A phrase to carry in our hearts today will help us, from our father Abraham, to whom the inheritance was promised, that is, to have a child at the age of 100. The apostle Paul says: "Believe" and with this he was justified. Faith and to "set out" in faith and do everything to get to that grace that I am asking for. The Lord told us: "Ask and it will be given to you". We also take this Word and we trust, but always with faith and putting ourselves at stake. This is the courage that Christian prayer has. If a prayer is not courageous it is not Christian.”