Jesus wasn’t guided through his life on earth by popularity polls, the pursuit of wealth, a passion for fame, or the influence of the rich and powerful. His path was paved by prayer.

That was the gist of Pope Francis’ commentary during his November 4, 2020, general audience. Due to increased pandemic restrictions, the Pope broadcast the event live from the Apostolic Library of the Vatican, absent an audience.

“Prayer was the rudder that guides Jesus’ course,” the Pope proclaimed. “It was not success, it was not consensus, it was not the seductive phrase ‘everyone is searching for you’, that dictated the stages of His mission. The path Jesus charted was the least comfortable one, but it was the one by which He obeyed the Father’s inspiration, which Jesus heard and welcomed in His solitary prayer.”

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