What is prayer and why is it so important? Pope Francis teaches that prayer is the "heartbeat of the Church" and our "yes" to an encounter with God:
In the human body, there are some essential functions, such as breathing and the beating of the heart.
I like to imagine that the personal and communal prayer of us Christians is the breath, the heartbeat of the Church, which instills its strength in the service of those who work, study, teach; which makes fruitful the knowledge of educated people and the humility of simple people; which gives hope to the tenacity of those who fight injustice.
Prayer is our saying "yes" to the Lord, to His love that reaches us; it is welcoming the Holy Spirit who, without ever growing weary, pours out love and life upon all.
While we are not always conscious of our breath, we can never stop breathing, because this is the source of our physical life. In the same way, prayer is the source — the very breath — of our spiritual life. Each time we pray, we encounter God and come to share more fully in his life.
This collection of homilies, letters, and talks from his years as cardinal in Argentina reveals his consistent love for the poor and joy in Christ as he covers a wide range of topics - marriage, prayer, faith, evangelization, the elderly, children, the homeless, vocations, and more.
Author, speaker, and professor, Alan Schreck, PhD, offers a fascinating look at Saint Francis and Pope Francis, and what they each have to tell us about following Jesus.
In these brief reflections Dr. Edward Sri explores the things that hold us back, how we can open ourselves to God's love, and the difference this can make to our joyful proclamation of the Gospel.
Taking six themes from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium author Sean Salai, S.J., examines the essence of our mission, and the movements of the heart that allow us to go boldly toward those on the peripheries to build a better world.