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Pope Francis: “God is not deaf to our prayers, especially those that arise from a broken heart”


During the General Audience, the pope reflected on the Book of Psalms, saying it is “a guide to growth in the practice of prayer.” He said the Psalms teach us that “God is not deaf to our prayers, especially those that arise from a broken heart and a troubled spirit.” The pope underlined that “God hears our voice and never abandons us,” but rather “weeps for our sufferings in this world.”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters, in our continuing catechesis on prayer, we now turn to the Book of Psalms, which can be considered a great treasury of prayers. The Psalms teach us to pray to God in words that he himself has given us. In them, we encounter the entire gamut of human emotions, from praise, petition and joyful thanksgiving to anguished supplication for deliverance from life’s bitter disappointments and sorrows.

The Psalms teach us that God is not deaf to our prayers, especially those that arise from a broken heart and a troubled spirit. The Psalmist’s repeated cry, “How long, Lord?”, is itself an acknowledgment that, amid our every trail and tribulation, God hears our voice and never abandons us. As a loving Father, he weeps for our sufferings in this world, yet in his wisdom he has a saving plan for each of us.

The Psalms are thus a guide to growth in the practice of prayer. They open our hearts to ever deeper hope in God’s providential care; they confirm our trust in his promises, and they inspire us to persevere on our life-long journey of faith in his word.

I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who join us for today’s Audience. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!