He pointed specifically to meditating on Scripture through Lectio Divina, saying "this is a very beautiful exercise and all of us have a quarter of an hour to do it, to take the bible, a little piece, and reflect a bit."
Francis was also asked what kind of legacy he would like to leave with the Church, and responded with many ideas that have already become trademarks of his papacy: "a Church that goes out is one, open doors, Christians going out on the streets, Christians who are convinced, a prayerful Church."
Touching on what he said is a "key point," Pope Francis said there is a great need for Christians "who know how to adore the Lord."
After sitting in silent adoration, "one leaves with the strength of knowing that there is someone above, that it's the Lord," he said, adding that the ability to adore is "the greatest strength" of the spiritual life, since many times our prayers are "petty."
Many time people go to the Lord asking him to give them something or to solve a problem, he said, noting that "those who give thanks are fewer."
God, he said, "loves us, he gives us a hand and arranges things" when we ask, but "to adore, which few know how to adore, to adore God who is the Lord in this world" is rare, but essential.
Another legacy the Pope said he wants to leave is a sense of awareness in every Christian home, family and people that "the spirit of the world is not from God, it's the antithesis of God."
It's because of this that Jesus at the Last Supper prays not for his disciples to be taken out of the world, but to be "defended" from it, he said, pointing to money as a key cause of worldliness.
"Worldliness begins with money, the devil enters through the pockets, in money...it gives you security, (but) a security that isn't from God," he said, explaining that money eventually leads to vanity, which then leads to pride, "and from hence all sins" come.
Francis was then asked to send a message to a specific groups of people – youth, elderly, parish priests and single mothers – when the interviewer mentioned them, before offering a special greeting to the station and its viewers.
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