Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Prayer of praise help the faithful see God's plan, Pope tells audience

CWN - June 20, 2012

At his weekly public audience on June 20, Pope Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on prayer, saying that prayers of petition should be mixed with prayers of praise.

"Our prayers are often a request for help in our hour of need,” the Pope observed to the crowd gathered at midday in the Paul VI auditorium. While it is natural to ask for God’s help, he said, “that is not the only reason to pray.”

The Pontiff illustrated his point by citing the words of St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians, where he praises God “because He has made known to us the mystery of his will.” In this context, the Pope said, the “mystery” refers not so much to the unknown as to the unfathomable mercy of God. In fact, the Pope continued, the will of God has been made manifest, revealed in Christ.

"In prayer we learn to see the signs of this merciful plan in the journey of the Church," the Pope said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,011 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,989.48
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Improving the Church 16 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 2: The Impact of Grace 18 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith? The Problem of the New Evangelization April 14
Significant Items on the Verge of Holy Week April 11
How same-sex marriage erodes personal freedom and enhances state power April 11

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days