Vatican City, Oct 12, 2011 / 09:45 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Benedict XVI reminded Christians today to thank God for the good things in life, instead of only bringing problems to him.
“Dear brothers and sisters, in our prayers we should look at how often, in the events of our lives, the Lord has protected us, guided us, helped us,” the Pope said at the Oct. 12 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
He encouraged Christians to “be more attentive to the good things that the Lord gives us. We are always attentive to the problems, difficulties and almost do not want to see that there are good things come from the Lord.”
In his latest discourse on prayer, Pope Benedict was dwelt on Psalm 126. It charts the joy of the Jewish people returning from their exile in Babylon in the 6th century B.C. Even today, the psalm is sung in an upbeat, joyous manner at Jewish religious occasions.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed,” reads the psalm’s first line as it depicts a people whose “mouths were filled with laughter” and “tongues with songs of joy.”