The urgency of the pope's 2015 encyclical on care for our common home
Pope Francis blesses attendees as he celebrates Palm Sunday behind closed doors in St. Peter's Basilica on April 5. (Photo: AFP)
"If life's events, with all their bitterness, sometimes risk choking the gift of prayer that is within us, it is enough to contemplate a starry sky, a sunset, a flower ... in order to rekindle a spark of thanksgiving."
Pope Francis pronounced those words at his May 20 general audience, which was once again video-streamed from the papal study inside the Apostolic Palace because of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
Although people here in Italy are gradually returning to some semblance of life as it was before we were forced to take drastic measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, large gatherings are still not permitted.
It seemed timely that the pope focused on prayer this day, especially the way he connected it to pondering "the mystery of Creation."
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