Pope Benedict has given us great gifts in teaching about prayer. Take, for instance, his May 2011 catechesis on prayer and Jacob in the Old Testament. Late at night or Wednesday afternoon, we have much to learn here.
“Our whole life is like this long night of battle and prayer that is meant to end in the desire and request for God’s blessing,” Pope Benedict explained, “which cannot be grasped or won by counting on our own strength, but must be received from him with humility, as a gratuitous gift that allows us, in the end, to recognize the face of the Lord. And when this happens, our whole reality changes.”
And, get this: “He who allows himself to be blessed by God, who abandons himself to him, who allows himself to be transformed by him, renders the world blessed.”
Revolutionary, for sure.
Can we get the word out already? By living it ourselves each day, each hour, and minute? By letting God turn us toward him?
May the Lord help us to fight the good fight of faith (cf. Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7) and to ask his blessing in our prayer, so that he may renew in us the anticipation of seeing his face.