Pope Francis: Complaining to God is not a sin
June 5, 2013. (Romereports.com) During his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis talked about complaining. He said that sharing one’s sorrows with God is not a sin. As an example, the Pope talked about a personal experience.
“A priest I know once told a woman who complained to God about her misfortunes. He said, ‘That is a form of prayer. Go ahead with it.’ The Lord hears us, He listens to our complaints. Think of the great men, of Job, when in chapter III he says: ‘Cursed be the day I came into the world,’ and then there’s Jeremiah, in the twentieth chapter: ‘Damned be the day’ they complained and even cursed,’ not to the Lord, but to the situation, right? It is only human.”
The Mass was attended by a group of employees from both the Vatican’s Library and the Congregation for Divine Worship.
EXCERPT FROM THE POPE’S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)
“To lament before God is not a sin. A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune: ‘But, madam, that is a form of prayer. Go ahead with it.’ The Lord hears, He listens to our complaints. Think of the great men, of Job, when in chapter III he says: ‘Cursed be the day I came into the world,’ and Jeremiah, in the twentieth chapter: ‘Cursed be the day’ – they complain even cursing, not the Lord, but the situation, right? It is only human.”
“The Sadducees were talking about this woman as if she were a laboratory, all aseptic – hers was a moral problem. When we think of the people who suffer so much, do we think of them as though they were an [abstract moral conundrum], pure ideas, ‘but in this case … this case …’, or do we think about them with our hearts, with our flesh, too? I do not like it when people speak about tough situations in an academic and not a human manner, sometimes with statistics … and that’s it. In the Church there are many people in this situation.”
“Pray for them. They must come into my heart, they must be a cause of restlessness for me: my brother is suffering, my sister suffers. Here is the mystery of the communion of saints: pray to the Lord, ‘But, Lord, look at that person: he cries, he is suffering. Pray, let me say, with the flesh: that our flesh pray. Not with ideas. Praying with the heart.”