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….

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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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

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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