Christians must be courageous when praying to God and not simply repeat prayers “like a parrot,” Pope Francis said.
“In common parlance, people use an expression that I really like when they have a goal: ‘I put it all on the line.’ In intercessory prayers, this also applies: ‘I put it all on the line’; it is the courage to go forward. But perhaps the doubt may arise: ‘I do this, but how do I know the Lord listens to me?’ We have a certainty: Jesus. He is the great intercessor,” the pope said in his homily April 4 during his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. Alessandro Gisotti, interim Vatican spokesman, told journalists that Italian President Sergio Mattarella was among those present at the morning Mass.
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