Pope Francis: Those who insist on ‘keeping the truth’ over preaching the Gospel have always threatened the church
This situation in Paul’s letter to the Galatians is not far removed from the experience of many Christians today.
With prayer and with life, there remains only to have courage and hope, to to feel the prayer of Jesus strongly and to keep on going.
“A prayer that is alien from life is not healthy. A prayer that alienates itself from the concreteness of life becomes spiritualism, or worse, ritualism.”
Jesus not only wants us to pray as He prays, but assures us that we can always count on His prayer. We must be aware of this: Jesus prays for me.
In Pamplona, five hundred years ago, all Ignatius’ worldly dreams were shattered in an instant. The cannonball that wounded him changed the course of his life, and the course of the world.
“There is only one great call in the Gospel, and it is that of following Jesus on the way of love,” Pope Francis said in his weekly Wednesday audience. “In this sense, charity and contemplation are synonymous.”