“Everything is possible for those who believe,” the Pope recalled.
Pope Francis taught that silence after the Universal Prayer of the Holy Mass is the ideal time for the faithful to make their “strong” requests to God.
The statement was made during the general audience of February 14, 2018 in St. Peter’s Square.
“We do not believe,” argued the Pope when referring to the power of prayer at Mass. He added: “We have little faith. But if we had faith, as Jesus said, the size of a mustard seed, we would receive everything. ”
The Pontiff continued the cycle of catecheses on Holy Mass and focused his reflection on the Liturgy of the Word: the Creed and the Universal Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Faithful.
Ask for what you need and it will be
Francis invited the faithful to ask of God in faith what the Spirit of each one says after reading the Word. “Let us remember what the Lord Jesus said: ‘If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done for you'” (John 15).
The Pope recalled that it is during the Universal Prayer, after the Creed, that the faithful “must ask for the most difficult things, the things we need.”
The Holy Father then invited those present to pray in this way with faith: “Lord, I believe, but help my little faith.”
Silence to hear the Spirit
The Bishop of Rome reiterated the need to keep silence at Mass after the proclamation of the Biblical readings and the homily, so that “all that has been heard may be sedimented in our hearts and that the purposes of adherence to what the Spirit suggests each one”.
Right to the Word of God
The Pope explained that “the faith of every baptized person is embedded in the faith received from the apostles and their union with Christ is updated in the celebration of the Eucharist.”
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Therefore, “each of us has the right to receive the well-spoken, well-read Word of God and then explained well during the homily: it is a right!”, Concluded Francis.