By Jim Fair

Pope Francis today encouraged the faithful to join him in a prayer he learned from his grandmother: “Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine.”

The Pope’s recommendation came after praying the Angelus with the faithful gather in St. Peter’s Square. He reminded listeners that June is the month dedicated to the Heart of Jesus.

“The month of June is dedicated particularly to the Heart of Christ, a devotion that brings together the great spiritual masters and the simple people of the People of God,” the Holy Father said. “In fact, Jesus’ human and divine Heart is the fount from which we can always draw God’s mercy, forgiveness, and tenderness. We can do so by pausing on a passage of the Gospel, feeling that at the center of every gesture, of every word of Jesus is love, love is at the center, the love of the Father who sent His Son, love of the Holy Spirit who is within us.

“And we can do so by adoring the Eucharist, where this love is present in the Sacrament. Then our heart will also become, little by little, more patient, more generous and more merciful, in imitation of Jesus’ Heart. There is an ancient prayer — I learned it from my grandmother — that said thus: “Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine.” It’s a beautiful prayer ‘Make my heart like unto Thine,’ beautiful little prayer to pray in this month. Shall we say it together now? ‘Jesus, may my heart be like Thine.’ Once again, ‘Jesus, may my heart be like Thine’.”

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