Pope’s quotes: Breathing

A quote from Pope Francis:

“Praise is the ‘breath’ which gives us life, because it is intimacy with God, an intimacy that grows through daily praise. … Breathing is made up of two stages: inhaling, the intake of air, and exhaling, the letting out of air. The spiritual life is fed, nourished, by prayer and is expressed outwardly through mission: inhaling and exhaling. When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announced Jesus Christ risen by the same Spirit. No one can live without breathing. It is the same for the Christian: without praise and mission there is not Christian life. And with praise, worship. We rarely speak about worship. What do we do when we pray? We ask things of God, we give thanks. … But worshipping and adoring God is part of breathing — praise and worship.”

— Address to Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship, Oct. 31, 2014

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