Pope to Parents: Pass on the faith to your kids. Teach them the sign of the Cross
The Pope's weekly general audience took place outdoors this week in St. Peter's Square, where the Pope made a few rounds in the popemobile to greet all the pilgrims.
For about 20 minutes, he blessed babies and received a few gifts. Everything from a soccer ball to a papal hat he exchanged with a woman.
It marked the Pope's 100th general audience. Pope Francis decided to speak about the importance of praying as a family.
"It's beautiful when mothers teach their children to send a kiss to Jesus or to the Virgin Mary. At that very moment, the kid's heart transforms into a site of prayer. It's a gift from the Holy Spirit.”
Pope Francis: Make time for prayer. Pray with your family
Pope Francis led his 100th general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, where he reflected on the power of prayer. The Pope highlighted that it's within the family that one learns to pray and to embrace the Holy Spirit.
He called on Christians to read the Gospel every day, describing it as good bread that feeds the heart. Parents, he added, have the responsibility of teaching the faith to their children, starting with learning the sign of the cross.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In our continuing catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the importance of devoting time to prayer. We all know how important prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it.
Perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to, with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength. For the heart of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly "caresses” us with his own love.
A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer. The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray, to call God our Father, and to grow daily in his love. Our families need to ask for the gift of the Spirit! Through prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of God’s unexpected gifts.
Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome.
Pope Francis: The Eucharist is not a symbol, it is Jesus giving himself entirely
Even as rain fell from the sky, thousands of pilgrims joined Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus. He spoke about the importance of attending Mass.
"Sometimes, about Mass, we hear this objection: ' What is the purpose of Mass? I go to Church when I feel like it, and I pray better alone.' But the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience. It is not only a commemoration of what Jesus did at the Last Supper. We say, to understand, that the Eucharist is the 'memorial'.”
The Pope spoke further about the Eucharist. He explained that it is much more than a symbol or an image. The Eucharist, he said, is Jesus giving Himself.
What is the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady?
The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady is celebrated every August 15th. The Church remembers Mary's death and passage into eternal life.
Years back, Pope Benedict XVI explained that it's a feast about the future that invites Christians to believe in the power of the Resurrection.