Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to awaken your desire to pray


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Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for the Angelus at St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022. / Vatican Media Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 13, 2022 / 07:37 am (CNA). Noting that Luke's Gospel reveals that Peter, James, and John had fallen asleep prior to Jesus' Transfiguration, Pope Francis urged the trustworthy throughout his Angelus reflection Sunday to call on the Holy Spirit to awaken their want to wish."The drowsiness of the three disciples appears to be a discordant observe. The same apostles then fall asleep in Gethsemane too, through the anguished prayer of Jesus, who had requested them to keep watch (cf. Mk 14:37-41). This somnolence in such necessary moments is shocking," the pope observed on March 13, the ninth anniversary of his hold forth, chatting with a big crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome."Nevertheless, if we read rigorously, we see that Peter, John and James go to sleep earlier than the Transfiguration begins, that's, while Jesus is in prayer. The identical will happen in Gethsemane. This is evidently a prayer that continued for some time, in silence and focus. We might imagine that firstly they too have been praying, until tiredness prevailed," he continued.Pope Francis noticed that as followers of Jesus, we are vulnerable to the identical weaknesses as the apostles, and sometimes miss the chance to converse with God at necessary moments of our lives."Perhaps in the evening, once we want to pray, to spend a while with Jesus after a day of dashing round and being busy. Or when it's time to change a couple of words with the household and we not have the power. We want to be extra awake, attentive, participatory, not to miss valuable opportunities, however we will’t, or we manage it someway however poorly," he stated."The robust time of Lent is a chance in this regard," Pope Francis continued. "It's a interval by which God needs to awaken us from our internal lethargy, from this sleepiness that does not let the Spirit categorical itself. Because — let us bear this in thoughts — preserving the guts awake doesn't rely upon us alone: It is a grace and have to be requested."The three disciples of the Gospel show this: They have been good, that they had followed Jesus onto the mountain, but by their own power they might not keep awake. This happens to us too."Crowds gather at St. Peter's Sq. on March 13, 2022 for Pope Francis' Angelus. Vatican MediaThe good news is that the Holy Spirit wishes to assist us do what we can't accomplish on our own. "Like [the apostles], we too are in want of God’s mild, that makes us see things differently: It attracts us, it reawakens us, it reignites our want and power to wish, to look inside ourselves, and to dedicate time to others," the pope stated."We will overcome the tiredness of the body with the power of the Spirit of God. And once we are unable to beat this, we should say to the Holy Spirit: 'Assist us, come, come, Holy Spirit. Assist me: I need to encounter Jesus, I need to be attentive, awake.' Ask the Holy Spirit to convey us out of this slumber that forestalls us from praying."In conclusion, Pope Francis posed a easy challenge."In this Lenten time, after the labors of every day, it'll do us good not to change off the light within the room without putting ourselves within the mild of God. To wish a bit earlier than sleeping," he urged."Let’s give the Lord the prospect to surprise us and to reawaken our hearts. We will do that, as an example, by opening the Gospel and letting ourselves marvel on the Phrase of God, as a result of the Scripture enlightens our steps and enflames the guts. Or we will take a look at the crucified Jesus and marvel at the boundless love of God, who by no means tires of us and has the facility to transfigure our days, to provide them a brand new which means, a new, sudden mild," he stated."Might the Virgin Might help us to keep our coronary heart awaken to welcome this time of grace that God gives to us."