81 – ‘Pray for me!’

‘Pray for me!’ – these are words often uttered by Francis to the most varied audiences. And the more he says it, the more bewilderment he causes many Catholics, because its not unusual that he says this not only to faithful of the Catholic Church, but also to excommunicated persons, schismatics, muslims, communists, atheists, and others…

When someone asked him: ‘Your Holiness, I want to ask why you ask so insistently that people pray for you? It isn’t normal, we’re not used to hearing a Pope ask so often that people pray for him’ Francis answered, presumably making a show of great humility: ‘I am truly conscious of my many limitations, with so many problems, and I a sinner – as you know! – and I have to ask for this. But it comes from within’ (In-flight Press Conference, returning from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – July 28, 2013).

We will not judge him by his actions. However, it would of course cause perplexity if Leo IX were to ask Miguel Cerulario – promoter of the Great Schism – to pray for him, Or if Leo X were to ask the same of Luther…

This is a topic of great significance, which raises doubts and requires clearing up….

Francis

Quote A

I ask you, finally, to pray for me – I need your prayers – and to ask your people to pray for me, that the Lord may assist me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter. (Address to the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, June 28, 2013)

Quote B

While requesting your prayers, I take this opportunity to assure you, Mr. President, of my highest consideration. (Letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, September 4, 2013)

Quote C

Building upon our shared moment of prayer in the course of Your Holiness’s visit to Rome, let us continue to prayto God that all his children, born to new life through the waters of baptism and enlightened by faith, may also become one in love. For my part, I assure Your Holiness of my unceasing prayer for all Christians in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. (Letter to His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, May 5, 2014)

Quote D

And I ask a favour: pray for me. I have great need of your prayers. Thank you. (Address to the leaders of other religions and other Christian denominations, September 21, 2014)

Quote E

And praying for each other (Words to Bartholomew in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George, November 30, 2014)

Quote F

I pray for you and your intentions every day. I thank you because I know that, amid your sufferings, you also pray for me and for my service to the Church. (Letter to the Christians of the Middle East, December 21, 2014)

Quote G

This is how their conversation concluded: Pray for me. You, please pray for me. I do (Meeting with Raúl Castro, May 10, 2015)

Quote H

I hope you have a good journalist day. It’s a busy day, but congratulations. May God bless you and don’t forget to pray for me. (To journalists, June 8, 2015)

Quote I

I assure you of my prayer and I ask all of you, please, to pray for me and for my ministry. Thank you. (Address to a delegation from the Czech Republic on the occasion of the 600th Anniversary of the death of Jan Hus, June 15, 2015)

Quote J

Please, I ask you; please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you very much. (Meeting with civil authorities during the Apostolic Journey to Bolivia, July 8, 2015)

Quote K

I ask you, please, to pray for me. If some of you are unable to pray, with all respect, I ask you to send me your good thoughts and energy. Thank you. (Address at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements, July 9, 2015)

Quote L

God bless you and pray for me. Thank you. (Meeting with representatives of Civil Society during the Apostolic Journey to Paraguay, July 11, 2015)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of contents

I – Prayers are efficacious when united to Christ and to His body, which is the Catholic Church
II – Outside of the state of grace, prayers are neither meritorious, nor efficacious, nor pleasing to God


I – Prayers are efficacious when united to Christ and to His body, which is the Catholic Church


Catechism of Saint Pius X
– Prayers have efficacy when one asks in the Name of Jesus Christ

Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
– Christian prayer draws its dignity from the filial relationship of Christ

Catechism of the Catholic Church
– Prayer is communion with Christ and the Church, which is His Body

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– Christian prayer must always be within the ‘Communion of Saints’

Leo XIII
-The Communion of Saints is the mutual communication of help among all the faithful

Saint Thomas Aquinas
– The Lord hears every petition which is offered by those united the Church

Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
-There can be no Christian prayer without the action of the Holy Spirit

The Catechism of Trent
– Under the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit we cannot fail to be heard.
– The practice of praying in spirit is peculiar to Christians, and is not at all used by infidels


II – Outside of the state of grace, prayers are neither meritorious, nor efficacious, nor pleasing to God


Catechism of Saint Pius X
– Those who are outside the true Church are excluded from perfect communion in spiritual goods

Catechism of Trent
– Those who are bound in sin and estranged from the grace of God do not share in the spiritual fruit

Leo X
– Excommunication deprives one of the common spiritual prayers of the Church

Catechism of Saint Pius X
– We must be in the state of grace to render our prayers efficacious

Saint Thomas Aquinas
– Prayer is not meritorious without sanctifying grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church
– If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain

Saint Cyprian of Carthage
-‘Where there are two or three, I am with them’… Christ is speaking to those who are in the Church, and not of schismatics

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
– Pray for those buried in sin and the excommunicated? The example of St. John the Apostle

Catechism of Trent
-The prayer of sinners who are resolved to continue in sin is not heard by God

Saint Alphonsus Liguori
– God does not hear hardened sinners even at the hour of death: ‘You shall seek me, and shall not find me’


I – Prayers are efficacious when united to Christ and to His body, which is the Catholic Church


Catechism of Saint Pius X

Prayers have efficacy when one asks in the Name of Jesus Christ

Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Christian prayer draws its dignity from the filial relationship of Christ

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Prayer is communion with Christ and the Church, which is His Body

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Christian prayer must always be within the ‘Communion of Saints’

Leo XIII

The Communion of Saints is the mutual communication of help among all the faithful

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Lord hears every petition which is offered by those united the Church

Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

There can be no Christian prayer without the action of the Holy Spirit

Catechism of Trent

Under the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit we cannot fail to be heard
The practice of praying in spirit is peculiar to Christians, and is not at all used by infidels

II – Outside of the state of grace, prayers are neither meritorious, nor efficacious, nor pleasing to God


Catechism of Saint Pius X

Those who are outside the true Church are excluded from perfect communion in spiritual goods

Catechism of Trent

Those who are bound in sin and estranged from the grace of God do not share in the spiritual fruit

Leo X

Excommunication deprives one of the common spiritual prayers of the Church

Catechism of Saint Pius X

We must be in the state of grace to render our prayers efficacious

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Prayer is not meritorious without sanctifying grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church

If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

‘Where there are two or three, I am with them’: Christ is speaking to those who are in the Church, and not of schismatics

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Pray for those buried in sin and the excommunicated? The example of St. John the Apostle

Catechism of Trent

The prayer of sinners who are resolved to continue in sin is not heard by God

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

God does not hear hardened sinners even at the hour of death: ‘You shall seek me, and shall not find me’

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5 thoughts on “81 – ‘Pray for me!’

  1. I was always thought that the Pope – being a highly spiritual man, our guide and the highest representative of Christ here on earth – is our powerful intercessor. Now, if he is asking to pray for him…

  2. I really think that it we need to pray a lot for Pope Francis. If he really has a tumor in his head, he has not much time left to change from his strange ways.

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