Sunday, September 14, 2008

Prayer must be central; defends from absorption by activity

"...prayer which is humble and intense, trusting and persevering, must have a central place in our Christian lives. Prayer is indispensable if we are to receive Christ’s power. 'People who pray are not wasting their time, even though the situation appears desperate and seems to call for action alone' (Deus Caritas Est, 36). To allow oneself to become absorbed by activity runs the risk of depriving prayer of its specifically Christian character and its true efficacy.

--- His Holiness Benedict XVI at Lourdes in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

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