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Pope: be open to exultant 'prayer of praise'

Catholic World News - January 28, 2014

All Christians should be open to spontaneous, joyful, exultant prayer—the “prayer of praise”—Pope Francis said in his homily at a Mass on January 28.

Reflecting on the day’s reading from the Second Book of Samuel, which recounting the story of King David dancing before the Lord, the Pope said that such joyful manifestations should not be considered appropriate only for “the Renewal in Spirit folks.” On the contrary, he insisted, “prayer of praise is a Christian prayer.”

The Pope cautioned the faithful not to be like Michael, Saul’s daughter, who despised King David for his display. “Well, you’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord?” the Pope said.

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  • Posted by: bruno - Jan. 28, 2014 4:48 PM ET USA

    Lesson to be taken? If you feel like singing Attende Domine in the supermarket, let it flow.

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