Transforming Our Day

By Pope Francis

Jesus comes to meet us today, … and it is prayer that transforms this day into grace, or better, that transforms us. It quells anger, sustains love, multiplies joy, instils the strength to forgive. …

Each day that begins, if welcomed in prayer, is accompanied by courage, so that the problems we have to face no longer seem to be obstacles to our happiness, but rather appeals from God, opportunities for our encounter with him. …

Let us always pray for everything and for everyone, even for our enemies. Jesus counselled us to do this. …  Let us pray for our dear ones, but also for those we do not know. …

Prayer inclines us toward a superabundant love. … Prayer works miracles; and so the poor understand, by God’s grace, that even in their precarious situation, the prayer of a Christian makes Christ’s compassion present.

Indeed, he looked with great tenderness on the weary and lost crowd who were like sheep without a shepherd (cf. Mk 6:34). …

Prayer helps us love others, despite their mistakes and their sins. The person is always more important than his or her actions, and Jesus did not judge the world, but saved it. …

Open your heart, forgive, give others the benefit of the doubt, understand. You, too, like Jesus, be close to others; be compassionate, be tender.

We have to love each and every one, remembering in prayer that we are all sinners and at the same time loved individually by God.

Loving the world in this way, loving it with tenderness, we will discover that each day and everything within it bears a fragment of God’s mystery.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads: “Prayer in the events of each day and each moment is one of the secrets of the Kingdom revealed to ‘little children,’ to the servants of Christ, to the poor of the beatitudes. … ”

Mankind—the human person, men and women, all of us—is like a breath, like a blade of grass (cf. Ps 144:4; 103:15). …

We are fragile beings, but we know how to pray: this is our greatest dignity and it is also our strength. Have courage. Pray in every moment, in every situation because the Lord is near us. And when a prayer is said according to Jesus’ heart, it obtains miracles.

Excerpted from Catechesis on Prayer, #24, “Prayer in Daily Life,” General Audience, February 10, 2021