Miracles still happen today. But in order to allow the
Lord to carry them out we must pray with courage to overcome that “feeling
of disbelief” that dwells in the heart of every man, even in men of faith.
This was the recommendation of Pope Francis to those who took part the Mass
celebrated Monday morning, 20 May, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae
While reflecting on the Gospel Reading of the day (Mk
9:14-29), the Holy Father focused on the question the disciples asked as
when they were unable to cast out the evil spirit from the boy: “Why could
we not cast it out? This kind of demon, Jesus says, cannot be driven out by
anything but prayer”. The father of the child “said: Lord I believe, help my
unbelief”. His was “a strong prayer; and that prayer, humble and strong,
moves Jesus to work the miracle. A prayer that calls for an extraordinary
action”, said the Pope, “must be a prayer that involves all of us, as though
our very life depends on it. In prayer, you have to put yourself to the
“Miracles happen. But they need prayer! A courageous prayer,
that struggles for that miracle. Not like those prayers of courtesy: Ah, I
will pray for you! Followed by one Our Father, a Hail Mary and then I
forget. No! It takes a brave prayer like that of Abraham who was struggling
with the Lord to save the city, like that of Moses who prayed, his hands
held high when he grew weary...”.
Prayer works miracles, Pope Francis ended, “but we must
believe it. I think that we can say a beautiful prayer, not a polite prayer,
but a prayer from the heart, and tell him today throughout the whole day:
Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief”.
Among those present at Mass were a group of employees from
Vatican Radio, led by director Fr Federico Lombardi, and the staff of the
Office of Technology of the Governorate.