Source: Vatican News Service
During his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of silent adoration of God.
Several new priests attended the Mass. Pope Francis encouraged them to "teach the people to adore in silence". He said: "We know how to teach them how to pray, how to sing, and praise God, but to adore?"
The Holy Father reflected on the first reading of the day (1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13), in which the elders of Israel bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, a difficult and uphill journey. But there are memories that sustain the effort.
"We can only arrive there with the memory of having been chosen, of bearing within our heart the promise which pushes us to keep going with the covenant in our hand and in our heart," Francis said. "Words disappear, we do not know what to say," but at such a time the people can adore in silence.