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From Pope Francis’ Thursday morning homily:

“To whom do I pray? To a cosmic God? That’s quite normal these days, is it not? … praying to the cosmic God, right? This polytheistic model that comes from a rather light culture …

“You must pray to the Father! It is a strong word, ‘Father.’ You must pray to Him who generated you, who gave you life. … To the person who accompanies you on your journey: He knows all about your life. Everything: what is good and what is not so good. He knows everything. If we do not start the prayer with this word, not just with our lips but with our hearts, we cannot pray in a Christian language.”

… “We have a Father. Very close to us, eh! Who embraces us … All these worries, concerns that we have, let’s leave them to the Father, He knows what we need. But, Father, what? My father? No: Our Father! Because I am not an only child, none of us are, and if I cannot be a brother, I can hardly become a child of the Father, because He is a Father to all. Mine, sure, but also of others, of my brothers. And if I am not at peace with my brothers, I cannot say ‘Father’ to Him.”

… “No, you cannot pray with enemies in your heart, with brothers and enemies in your heart, you cannot pray. This is difficult, yes, it is difficult, not easy. ‘Father, I cannot say Father, I cannot.’ It’s true, I understand. ‘I cannot say our, because he did this to me and this…’ I cannot! ‘They must go to hell, right? I will have nothing to do with them.’ It’s true, it is not easy. But Jesus has promised us the Holy Spirit: it is He who teaches us, from within, from the heart, how to say ‘Father’ and how to say ‘our.’ Today we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to say ‘Father’ and to be able to say ‘our,’ and thus make peace with all our enemies.”

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