Do Tears Come When We Pray?

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In a beautiful homily by Pope Francis for the Ash Wednesday liturgy, our Holy Father encouraged all Catholics to ask God for “the gift of tears in order to make our prayer and our journey of conversion more authentic and without hypocrisy.”

“Do tears come when we pray?” ~Pope Francis

The Lenten call to conversion, emphasized Pope Francis, is “a push to return, as did the son of the parable, to the arms of God, the tender and merciful father, to cry in that embrace, to trust him and to entrust ourselves to Him.”

Click here to read the Pope’s Ash Wednesday homily.

Let us pray for one another as we begin this Lenten pilgrimage!

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness
~book of Joel, chapter 2, 12-13

Copyright 2015 Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda

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María Ruiz Scaperlanda writes regularly at DAY BY DAY WITH MARIA: http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/ María is an award-winning author, journalist, and retreat facilitator. Her books include, “The Seeker’s Guide to Mary,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mary of Nazareth,” and “The Journey: a Guide for the Modern Pilgrim,” co-authored with her husband of 33 years, Michael.

María has been published broadly in the U.S. Catholic Press, traveling on international assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and throughout Europe. Perhaps her favorite assignment was covering Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to her native country, Cuba. María and Michael reside in Norman, Oklahoma. They have four adult children, and are expecting their sixth grandchild!

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