Francis: By praying, we change reality

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix in an empty St Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April (The Pope Video)

In a video message for his December prayer intention, Pope Francis speaks of the power of prayer to “change reality and our hearts”. Source: Vatican News.

The Pope Video for this month focuses on the prayer intention “For a life of prayer”.

The Pope himself is a man of prayer, and The Pope Video bears witness to this with images taken from the most emotive moments of 2020, including the prayer service for the pandemic in an empty St Peter’s Square at the height of Italy’s first wave of the pandemic in April.

The text of the December 2020 prayer intention:

The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer.

Prayer is the key for us to be able to enter into dialogue with the Father.

Every time we read a short passage from the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to us.

We have a conversation with Jesus.

We listen to Jesus and we reply.

And this is prayer.

By praying, we change reality.

And we change our hearts.

Our heart changes when we pray.

We can do many things, but without prayer, it does not work.

We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

In silence, everyone, each one in heartfelt prayer.


Pope’s December prayer intention: For a life of prayer (Vatican News)

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