The Pope said that St. Paul could not fathom why the Galatians would prefer another “gospel” when offered such a great gift.
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The pope urged Catholics not to become overly attached to any one form of meditative prayer, saying that “the method is a road, not a goal.”
Pope Francis stressed that without prayer, the Church becomes “like an empty shell” in which no effective changes take place and which loses its direction to evangelize.
Pope Francis dedicated the audience to the prayer of praise, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church recognizes as one of the principal forms of prayer, alongside blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, and thanksgiving.
The pope gave his final general audience address of 2020 in the library of the apostolic palace, where the weekly event has been held since October because of rising coronavirus cases in Italy.
When we put prayer first, Pope Francis explained, daily trials turn into opportunities to grow in faith and charity.
Subsidiarity is the idea, deeply rooted in Catholic tradition, that the authority closest to a local need is best suited to tackle the issue.
Speaking to pilgrims in the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard, the pope noted that Fr. Malgesini was killed “by a person in need whom he himself helped, a person with a mental illness.”