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Prayer is like talking to a friend, Pope tells congregation

Catholic World News - April 03, 2014

In his homily at a Mass on April 3, Pope Francis said that prayer should be “just like talking to a friend.”

Commenting on the day’s Scripture reading, the Pope said that although Moses argued with God, when the exchange ended, “Moses is the one who has changed.” In talking with God, the Pontiff explained Moses “rediscovered the memory of his people, and God’s mercy.” Prayer often has that effect, he said; “prayer changes the heart.”

The Pope told his congregation that prayer should be “free, insistent, with arguments.” Believers should not be afraid to press God for help, he said. He added that while serious prayer takes time and energy, the effort is reward because "prayer invigorates."

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