Let’s begin a theme that will capture our attention for this paragraph and ten that follow. Where does Pope Francis suggest we be? In Constant Prayer. Let’s begin:
147. Finally, though it may seem obvious, we should remember that holiness consists in a habitual openness to the transcendent, expressed in prayer and adoration. The saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. They find an exclusive concern with this world to be narrow and stifling, and, amid their own concerns and commitments, they long for God, losing themselves in praise and contemplation of the Lord. I do not believe in holiness without prayer, even though that prayer need not be lengthy or involve intense emotions.
We will get deeper into a few select topics in the days ahead. But we will see some of the Holy Father’s Jesuit training, of praying how we can and where we are.