Say the ‘Jesus Prayer’ throughout the day

"Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged busy Catholics to say the “Jesus Prayer” throughout the day.

Speaking at the general audience June 9, the pope recommended the short prayer at the heart of Eastern Christianity’s mystical tradition.

Referring to the 19th-century Russian spiritual classic “The Way of a Pilgrim,” he said: “The spiritual journey of the Russian pilgrim begins when he comes across a phrase of St. Paul in the First Letter to the Thessalonians: ‘Pray constantly, always and for everything give thanks’ (5:17-18).”

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