Vatican City, Nov 18, 2020 / 06:00 am
Pope Francis pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of prayer that transforms restlessness into openness to God’s will in his livestreamed general audience address Wednesday.
“Mary accompanied Jesus’ entire life in prayer, right up to His death and resurrection; and in the end, she continued and she accompanied the first steps of the nascent Church,” Pope Francis said Nov. 18.
“Everything that happens around her ends up being reflected on in the depths of her heart … The Mother keeps everything and brings it to her dialogue with God,” he said.
Pope Francis said that the Virgin Mary’s prayer at the Annunciation, in particular, exemplified prayer “with a heart open to God’s will.”
“When the world still knew nothing of her, when she was a simple girl engaged to a man of the house of David, Mary prayed. We can imagine the young girl of Nazareth wrapped in silence, in continual dialogue with God who would soon entrust her with a mission,” the pope said.
“Mary was praying when the Archangel Gabriel came to bring his message to her in Nazareth. Her small yet immense ‘Here I am,’ which makes all of creation jump for joy at that moment, was preceded throughout salvation history by many other ‘Here I ams,’ by many trusting obediences, by many who were open to God’s will.”
The pope said there was no better way to pray than with an attitude of openness and humility. He recommended the prayer “Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want.”
“A simple prayer, but one in which we place ourselves in the Lord’s hands so that He might guide us. All of us can pray like this, almost without words,” he said.