Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pope Francis on the psalms, breviary

You knew I'd have my ears pricked and eyes peeled for some sort of statement from our Pope about the Divine Office, right?

So just don't forget--you heard it here first.  Unless, of course, you have already read the excellent new
 biography of our pope from Ignatius Press (Francis: Pope of a New World), from which the following quotes come. During an interview some years ago, Cardinal Bergoglio was asked to explain prayer. He described prayer as:

"Looking at God, but above all sensing that we

are being watched by Him. This happens, in my case,
when I recite the Rosary or the psalms or when I
celebrate the Eucharist. However, I would say that I
have this religious experience whenever I start to pray
for an extended time in front of the tabernacle. Sometimes
I doze while remaining seated and just let Him
look at me. I have the sense of being in someone else’s hands, as though God were taking me by the

Later, during the same interview, he said, “I am very attached to
the Breviary...It is the first thing I open in the
morning and the last thing I close before going sleep.”

So there you have it!


  1. Everything I hear about this man is so good. Even my non-catholic friends are impressed with him! :)

  2. LOVE!!! As I have said, it's like he speaks to my heart and soul!

  3. Hope your Easter was a happy one, Daria. I continued my commitment to the OOR but I was wondering if I got too technical. I read that I needed to say the Invitatory just before Morning Prayer which is a general rule. But in my schedule during Lent I would say the Invitatory when I got up, do the OOR and then MP after that. What do you think?

    1. Exquisitely happy!
      My morning practice is identical to yours. The invitatory is supposed to precee the first liturgical hour of the day, whether that be Morning Prayer or OOR. Furthermore, the invitatory is optional, so you are certainly free to keep it separate as your prayer upon immediately rising.