Francis reflects on the meaning of the “communion of saints”

After Holy Week, Pope Francis explained the “communion of saints.” It is the help that the saints or those who “still make pilgrimage” provide for people. 

In this communion – the Pope explained – the saints (…) pray and intercede for and with us. Together with them, we are immersed in a sea of ​​invocations and supplications that rise to the Father. He also stressed that praying for a person is loving him.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE’S CATECHESIS:

Dear brothers and sisters:

Today we reflect on the relationship between prayer and the communion of saints. When we pray we are never alone, but in the company of other brothers and sisters in the faith, both those who have gone before us and those who are still on pilgrimage by our side.

In this communion, the saints – be they recognized or anonymous, “next door” – pray and intercede for and with us. Together with them, we are immersed in a sea of ​​invocations and supplications that rise to the Father.

In the prayers that we find in the Bible, and that often resonate in the liturgy, we can recognize the voices of many people who have lived the same human adventure. These prayers, which can be petition, thanksgiving or praise – like the Magnificat or the Benedictus – are spread from generation to generation.

Thus, every time we put our hands together and open our hearts to pray, we join in the prayer of the only holy faithful People of God. We live communion in prayer when we pray for each other, when we ask and offer prayers for various needs.

The first way to pray for someone is to tell God about that person. If we do it frequently, every day, our heart does not close, but remains open to others. Praying for other people is the first way to love them and to be close to them in a concrete way.

I cordially greet the Spanish-speaking faithful. On this octave of Easter let us ask the risen Christ, through the intercession of all the saints of the Lord, to grant us the graces we need most to overcome difficult moments and make our lives, in communion with the whole Church, a pleasant praise Him. May God bless you. Thanks a lot.

 

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