Vatican City: Pope Francis reflected on courageous prayer in his daily homily. Zenit News Agency has reported that he said “When the Church loses courage it enters into a lukewarm atmosphere, the lukewarm, lukewarm Christians without courage That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us. We no longer have the courage to pray towards heaven, or the courage to proclaim the Gospel. We are lukewarm.”
Reflecting on the readings of the day, Pope Francis focused on the need to pass on the gift of faith by all Christians with their lives. “The fundamental faith, he said “is faith in the Risen Jesus, in Jesus who has forgiven our sins through his death and reconciled us to the Father.
“Transmitting this requires us to be courageous, the courage of transmitting the faith. A sometimes simple courage”. The Pope said.
“Christ asks of us the courage to not only proclaim His Resurrection, but also the courage to pray and ask Christ when we are in need. Do we have the courage in prayer? Or do we pray a little, when we can, spending a bit of time in prayer. But that courage (is needed), that parresia (boldness) even in prayer.”
Pope Francis said the Church today needs the courage shown by Abraham and Moses.
Pope Frances ended his homily saying that despite the fact that we may have courage to be involved in our jealousies, envy, and careers in order to selfishly move forward, such courage is not good for the Church. “The Church,” he said, “must be courageous. We all have to be courageous in prayer, in challenging Jesus!”
Addressing the Swiss Guard in attendance, Pope Francis greeted them, thanking them for their service and “beautiful testimony of fidelity to the Church and love for the Pope.” The Swiss Guard will commemorate the Last Stand of 1527 on May 6 where they will swear in new recruits. They will remember the countless Swiss Guards who died during the Sacking of Rome.