Prayer requires humility, silence, recognition of sin, Pope says
October 20, 2016
“We cannot worship without accusing ourselves,” Pope Francis said in his homily at a morning Mass in the Sanctae Marthae residence on October 20.
The Pope dedicated his homily to the necessity for prayer, saying knowledge of the faith by itself is inadequate. “In order to understand the breadth and length and height and depth of Jesus Christ we need to enter into the habit, firstly of praying,” he said.
Beyond that, the Holy Father continued, the Christian must learn to be still and silent in prayer, to worship in adoration. Finally, he said, serious prayer requires acknowledging our own sinfulness. With this humble approach, he said, the believer welcomes the action of the Holy Spirit to assist in prayer.