Pope Francis:  

Prayer is not

simply saying words

'like a  parrot'


Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013.  In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God:

“The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.'  But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the pontiff. …He challenged those in attendance, stating that “we ourselves, when we don’t pray, what we’re doing is closing the door to the Lord.  And not praying is this: closing the door to the Lord, so that He can do nothing.” “On the other hand, prayer, in the face of a problem, a difficult situation, a calamity, is opening the door to the Lord so that He will come.” “This is what praying is,” he stressed, “opening the door to the Lord, so that he can do something…”


St Ignatius recommended the Examen, an ancient Christian prayer, to all Jesuit priests and brothers.  The prayer aims to allow you to understand how God works in your life through your thoughts, actions, and feelings.