Pope Benedict XVI delivered this address on Saturday evening (November 26, 2011) in Benin when he visited St. Rita’s Parish, and spoke to the children there. He has captured not only the essence of prayer “a cray of love directed to God” but also the many fruits of prayer.
“What, then, is prayer? It is a cry of love directed to God our Father, with the will toimitate Jesus our brother.
Jesus often went off by himself to pray. Like Jesus, I too can find a calm place to pray where I can quietly stand before a Cross or a holy picture in order to speak to Jesus and to listen to him.
I can also use the Gospels. That way, I keep within my heart a passage which has touched me and which will guide me throughout the day.
To stay with Jesus like this for a little while lets him fill me with his love, light and
This love, which I receive in prayer, calls me in turn to give it to my parents, to myfriends, to everyone with whom I live, even with those who do not like me, and those
whom I do not appreciate enough.”