Brother: Poor are ‘ideal prayer warriors’

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NORZAGARAY, Bulacan, March 31, 2015—Inspired by Pope Francis’ recent request to Rome’s poor, a missionary brother has called on fellow religious to live out the same humility of the Holy Father by asking the underprivileged to pray on their behalf, saying their petitions are more likely to reach heaven.

Dumagat children, whom Br. Francisco helps serve, have their Via Crucis in their ancestral land, March 30, 2015. (Photo: Br. Martin Francisco, BSMP)

Blessed are the poor

In a message to CBCP News, Br. Martin Francisco, a member of the Blessed Sacrament Missionaries of the Poor (BSMP), underlines the importance of this gesture given what he refers to as the “poor’s closeness to the Lord.”

“We from the institutional Church really need the prayers of the poor people since they are the ones closest to Christ. As such, their prayers and cries easily find their way to God,” shares the brother, who serves Dumagat communities on Sierra Madre.

Wounded healer

Francisco explained the “poorest of the poor” are the “wounded healers” of their apostolate, as well as of their pastoral life who see to it that their feet are firmly planted on the ground.

“The closest we are to the poor means the closer we are to God,” he added.

Surprise of their lives

The brother’s comments came in reaction to the news about the 150 homeless people the Office of Papal Charities had invited recently in order to visit the Vatican Museums, giving them the surprise of their lives.

A Zenit article reports that while inside the Sistine Chapel, the guests were welcomed by no less than Pope Francis himself.

“Welcome. This is everyone’s house, and your house. The doors are always open for all,” Zenit quotes him as telling them.

‘Pray for me’

“Pray for me. I’m in need of prayers by people like you,” he added.

Blessing the guests, the 78-year old Pontiff also prayed to the Lord to protect and help them in the path of life, making them feel His tender and fatherly love. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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