教宗方濟各:恆心祈禱 Pope Francis: Perseverance in Prayer

(梵蒂岡新聞網)教宗方濟各在週三公開接見的要理講授中,繼續講解“祈禱”的主題。教宗強調信友要恆心祈禱,“恆心祈禱”是天父對我們的邀請,是聖經的命令。在天大父期望在我們每一位的心中始終燃燒著基督徒愛的火焰。

教宗方濟各在6月9日週三公開接見活動的要理講授中,繼續講解“祈禱”的主題。教宗特別指出,“恆心祈禱”是天父對我們的邀請,是聖經的命令;工作和祈禱是相輔相成的;在信德、生活和祈禱的這種周而復始中,天主期望我們每一位都燃燒著基督徒愛的火焰。

教宗開宗明義地講要“恆心祈禱”。教宗表示,“恆心祈禱”是一個邀請,是來自聖經的命令(囑托)。基督宗教靈修經典之作《俄羅斯朝聖者精神之旅》在開篇時就引用聖保祿致《得撒洛尼前書》的一句話:“不斷祈禱,事事感謝。(參閲五17-18)”教宗說:“事實上,人的呼吸從來不會停止,當我們睡眠的時候也是如此;祈禱是生命的呼吸。”

“那麽怎麽可能一直保持祈禱的狀態呢?《天主教教理》給了我們最美好的引述,隱修士彭迪古(Evagrio Pontico)肯定地說:我們沒有受命不斷工作、驚醒和守齋,但根據規定,我們要不斷祈禱。(參閲《天主教教理》第2742號)”“因此,在基督徒的生命中有一個火焰,絕不會熄滅。這有點像古時聖殿中保存的聖火,不停地燃燒,司祭的職責是加添燃料。”教宗說:“請看,在我們的内心也該有這聖火,它持續燃燒著,沒有什麽東西能讓它熄滅。”

接著,教宗繼續引用《天主教教理》的内容,金口聖若望講道,即使“走在街市或獨自散步時,在商店中,在買、賣時,甚至在廚房作飯時,都可以經常而熱心地祈禱”(參閲《天主教教理》第2743號)。教宗說:“因此,祈禱是一種音樂的五綫譜,我們在這五綫譜上安排我們的生活旋律。它與日常的繁忙並不衝突,不與許多該做的小事和約會相矛盾,如果有的話,那就是讓每一個行動在祈禱中找到其意義、原因及平靜。”

教宗解釋道:“當然,將這些原則付諸行動並不容易。所以,讓我們好好思慕天主、我們的在天大父,祂照顧整個世界,記著我們每一個人。因此,我們要永遠記住祂。”

隨後,教宗表示:“在基督徒隱修生活中,工作一直受到極大的推崇,它不僅是為了自己和他人養家糊口的道德責任,也是為了一種内在的平衡。工作幫助我們與現實聯繫。”

“在人類的生活中,一切都是‘二元’的:我們的身體是勻稱的,我們有兩隻手臂、兩個眼睛、兩隻手等,所以工作和祈禱是相輔相成的。祈禱處於工作活潑的基礎中,只專注於工作而沒有時間祈禱是缺乏人性的。”

教宗繼續解釋道:“與此同時,與生活格格不入的祈禱也是不健康的。我們記得,耶穌在大博爾山上給門徒們顯聖容之後,不願延長那欣喜若狂的時刻,而是和他們一起下山,繼續日常的生活,那些經驗應作為他們信德的光和力量存留在心中”

最後,教宗說:“因此,把時間獻於天主使信德活潑,並幫助我們實際的生活,而信德反過來又不間斷地滋養祈禱。在信德、生活和祈禱的這種周而復始中,天主期望我們每一位都燃燒著基督徒愛的火焰。”

資料來源:教宗公開接見:恆心祈禱是天父的邀請和聖經的命令 (Vatican News) In his penultimate catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis emphasises the relationship between constant prayer, faith, and daily life.

For more than a year – beginning in May 2020 – Pope Francis has offered an ongoing cycle of teaching on “prayer” during his weekly General Audience.

On Wednesday, on his next to last catechesis on the subject, the Holy Father reflected on “perseverance in prayer,” and what it means to “pray constantly” – the invitation and command of scripture, taken from St Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.

This invitation was the inspiration for the journey of the Russian pilgrim in the 19th century ascetical work The Way of the Pilgrim. Pope Francis recalled that the pilgrim learned to say the Jesus prayer, “a prayer that, little by little, adapts itself to the rhythm of breath and extends throughout the day.”

Prayer: a sacred fire that burns in our hearts
Pope Francis then turns to several passages from the history of spirituality cited by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which remind us that prayer serves as “an ardour in the Christian life, which must never fail,” like the “sacred fire that was kept in the ancient temples.” “So," the Holy Father explains, "there must be a sacred fire in us too, which burns continually and which nothing can extinguish.”

From St John Chrysostom, the Pope shows that prayer can be a part of all our actions, saying that prayer does not interrupt or contradict the duties of daily life, but gives them meaning and peace.

The inner balance between work and prayer
But constant prayer is not easy, Pope Francis admits. When we are caught up in the obligations of daily life, and find it difficult to think of God, we should remember that although God cares for every aspect of Creation, He also remembers each one of us personally. “And so we too must always remember Him,” says the Pope.

Pointing to the example of monks, Pope Francis emphasises the importance of “inner balance” between work and prayer. Prayer that is too abstract can lose touch with reality, while work can keep us grounded. The hands of the monk, which are joined in prayer, he says, are calloused from physical labour.

On the other hand, prayer complements work, it is the “breath” of all we do, remaining as a “living backdrop to work,” even when it is not explicit. “It is inhuman,” the Pope says, to be so absorbed in work that you can no longer find time for prayer.”

Keeping the flame alive
Finally, Pope Francis recalls the experience of the Transfiguration. Jesus did not prolong the moment of ecstatic contemplation, but came down with the disciples to resume their daily journey. The experience of Mount Tabor, the Pope says, remained “in their hearts as the light and strength of their faith.”

The Pope explains that in the relationship between faith, life, and prayer, “one keeps alight the flame of Christian life that God expects of each one of us.”

Source: Pope: Prayer, life, faith keep flame of Christian life alight

 





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