Friday, March 8, 2013
A Man of Prayer
"This is a place in which man opens to God in a special way. A place where, far from everything, but also at the same time close to nature, one can speak confidentially to God Himself....He must announce the 'magnalia Dei,' the great works of God and, at the same time, express himself in this sublime relationship with God, because in the visible world only he can do so....Prayer, which expresses in various ways man's relationship with the living God, is also the first task and almost the first announcement of the Pope, just as it is the first condition of his service in the Church and in the world." (John Paul II at Mentorella, two weeks after his election as pope in 1978.)
May the Holy Spirit aid the College of Cardinals in discerning the man of prayer in their midst.