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Pope begins new catechesis on prayer during General Audience


Pope Francis began a new series in his General Audience, one on prayer. The pope stressed its importance, saying it is the “breath of faith, a cry arising from the hearts of those who trust in God.”

He said that everyone who is searching for meaning prays, not only Christians. Thus he prayed that we “always persevere in prayer, especially in our darkest moments, and ask the Lord with confidence.”

EXCERPTS OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

(Source: Vatican Media)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we begin a new series of catechesis on prayer. Prayer is the breath of faith, a cry arising from the hearts of those who trust in God. We see this in the story of Bartimaeus, the beggar from Jericho. Though blind, he is aware that Jesus is approaching, and perseveres in calling out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mk 10:47).

By using the phrase “Son of David”, he makes a profession of faith in Jesus the Messiah. In response the Lord invites Bartimaeus to express his desire, which is to be able to see again. Christ then tells him: “Go; your faith has saved you” (v. 52). This indicates that faith is a cry for salvation attracting God’s mercy and power. 

It is not only Christians who pray but all men and women who search for meaning on their earthly journey. As we continue on our pilgrimage of faith, may we, like Bartimaeus, always persevere in prayer, especially in our darkest moments, and ask the Lord with confidence: “Jesus have mercy on me. Jesus, have mercy on us!”.

I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. In this Easter season, Iinvoke upon you and your families the joy and strength that come from the Risen Christ. May God bless you!