Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 / 05:59 am
One who prays with humility and awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror.
"It is not enough to ask ourselves how often we pray," the Pope said to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly general audience. "We must also ask ourselves how we pray, or rather, how our heart is."
The pontiff centered his June 1 catechesis on Jesus' parable of the tax collector and the pharisee.
The problem with the pharisee – who stands in the temple and gives thanks for not being like other sinners – is that, as he prays to God, he looks at himself, Francis said.