Listen, don’t just talk when praying– bishop

Listen, don’t just talk when praying– bishop

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the relics of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus with incense during Mass at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City, Feb. 9, 2018. LORENZO ATIENZA

At a Mass on Friday, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan reflected upon the essence of prayer—being more about receptive ‘listening’ than active talking.

The prelate, in his homily, said prayer is not about number of words that you recite but is basically listening to God, receiving and relishing His word.

“A true prayerful person knows how to listen,” David said during Mass to welcome the relics of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City.

“Why do we need silence when we pray? It’s because prayer is listening not through our ears but through our hearts, and soul,” he said.

For many Catholics, according to him, prayer means reciting “formula prayers” such as the Novena, rosary and the litany. “And there’s no problem with that,” he said.

Many people go to church to take a special time to pray and to talk with God and the bishop also sees nothing wrong with it.

“My question is when we talk God, He listens to us. But when God speaks to us, do we listen to Him?” David asked the hundreds of people who packed the cathedral.

He asserted that there’s also something wrong when people think that prayer can be only achieved through the number or the combination of prayers that they say.

“The most important thing about prayer is not about what we are going to say to God but rather what God is going to tell us… and we should learn to open our hearts and listen to Him,” David added.

For the fourth time, the pilgrim relics of the patroness of all missionaries and the missions is once again in the Philippines until May 31.

It was welcomed with a Mass at the Shrine of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus in Villamor, Pasay City on Jan. 12.

The relics just came from Northern Luzon and are set to proceed to about 40 other dioceses in Metro Manila, Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao. CBCPNews