Padre Umile, Franciscan Friars Minor Renewed, genuflecting before Mass. (Pettineo, Sicily)
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life” and the “Christian altar is the symbol of Christ himself, present in the midst of the assembly of his faithful, both as the victim offered for our reconciliation and as food from heaven who is giving himself to us.” CCC 1324, 1383
Pope Francis on Prayer (cont):
… Jesus tells us: 'What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give.'”
Then Pope Francis stopped and said: “And then we expect to hear 'he will give good things to you' … but no, he doesn't say that! He says that he will give 'the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!' And this is something tremendous.” - Pope Francis, Oct. 10, 2013
Under the Cross you learn to love.
This is how the Friars used to pray their Liturgy of the Hours - With a large book so everyone could see, even from a distance! (in Tusa)
"Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saécula saeculórum. Amen!"
“How do we pray? Do we pray piously and calmly out of habit or do we place ourselves courageously before the Lord to ask for grace, to ask for what we are praying for? Prayer that is not courageous is not real prayer." - Pope Francis