Pope at Audience: Church is the house and school of prayer
By Robin Gomes in Vatican News
In his Catechesis at Wednesday’s General Audience, the Pope explained how the Church is a great school of prayer. As children, he said, we learn our first prayers on the laps of grandparents and parents, who also give their advice inspired by the Gospel. Later, the experience of faith and prayer is deepened through encounters with other witnesses and teachers of prayer, such as in the life of a parish and every Christian community which is marked by liturgical and community prayer.
Prayer and difficulties of life
“The garment of faith,” the Pope said, “is not starched, but develops with us.” It is not rigid, it grows, even through moments of crisis and resurrection. And “you cannot grow without moments of crisis, because crisis makes you grow.”
He continued, “And the breath of faith is prayer: we grow in faith inasmuch as we learn to pray.” After certain moments in life, we become aware that without faith we could not have made it through and that our strength was prayer. We realize that not only personal prayer, but also that of our brothers, sisters and the community, whom we requested, also accompanied and supported us.” …………………
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