Conversi ad Dominum

January 23, 2008

Here is Father John Zuhlsdorf’s translation of an important portion of today’s audience:

“Behold, the meaning of prayer: to open our hearts, to create in us a willingness which opens the path to Christ. In the liturgy of the ancient Church, after the sermon, the bishop or president of the celebration, the principal celebrant, would say: “Conversi ad Dominum…Turn (around) toward the Lord”. Then he himself and all there rose up and turned themselves toward the East. The all wanted to gaze toward Christ. Only if we have been converted, only in this turning toward Christ, in this common gaze at Christ, can we find the gift of unity.”

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