Prayer of praise help the faithful see God's plan, Pope tells audience
Catholic World News - 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.
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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($16,004 to go):
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!