Francis looks at the 150 Psalms as a way to learn prayer, with our real-life experiences, and especially our sorrows and pains.
“To pray the Psalms, it is enough for us to be what we are,” Pope Francis said during his general audience of October 14. We don’t need make-up on the soul, as that’s not real prayer. “In the Psalms,” he said, “we hear the voices of men and women of prayer in flesh and blood, whose life, like that of us all, is fraught with problems, hardships and uncertainties.”
The Holy Father reflected on the Book of Psalms as a guide to learn what prayer is really about. In particular, he reflected on how the experience of suffering that each of us has is unique.
Think about this: tears are not universal, they are “my” tears. Everyone has their own. “My” tears and “my” pain drive me to go ahead in prayer. They are “my” tears, that no one has ever shed before me. Yes, they have wept, many. But “my” tears are mine, “My” pain is my own, “my” suffering is my own.
And yet, the pope said: “All human pains for God are sacred. So prays the prayer of Psalm 56: ‘Thou hast kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle! Are they not in thy book?'”
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