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Pope Francis: Prayer calms restlessness of those who want everything immediately

Again this week, the pope held his General Audience in the Apostolic Palace library, without pilgrims, accompanied only by a group of collaborators.

The pope continued his catechesis on prayer in the New Testament. This Wednesday, he reflected on the Blessed Mother's way of praying.

“There's no better way to pray than to put oneself, like Mary, in an attitude of openness, with a heart open to God. 'Lord, whatever You want, whenever You want and however You want.' In other words, with a heart open to God's will, and God always answers.”

The pope explained that an attitude of simplicity like that of the Blessed Mother, allows God, and not anxiety, to guide our lives. It transforms people into instruments of God's grace.

“Prayer knows how to calm restlessness. We are restless. We want things to be ready even before we ask for them—immediately, now—but life doesn't work that way. This restlessness is harmful to us, and prayer knows how to calm restlessness and transform it into availability.”

The audience concluded with greetings in various languages and the pope's blessing.

Although participants weren't wearing masks, they kept physical distances between them, and the windows of the library were opened to let the air flow.

Javier Martínez-Brocal

Translation: CT