“Pray always, but not in order to convince the Lord by dint of words! He knows our needs better than we do! Indeed, persevering prayer is the expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him every day and at every moment in order to conquer evil with good.”
-Angelus address, October 29, 2013, Pope Francis
The Holy Father’s quote above is a reminder to all of us that in order to ‘conquer evil’ we must pray to God. When we look at our world at hand and at the evil around us, it seems almost impossible to believe evil can be conquered through prayer and submission to the Lord. Pope Francis states that ‘he knows our needs better than we do’. God knows our needs. God knows what we are facing and the evil we have been subjected to. When we take the time to get to know the Lord through prayer each day, we can assist in the task of defeating evil in our world and all around us.
Persevering in Prayer
The key to ‘conquering of evil’ is to persevere in our prayer to God. This takes time, but mostly it takes dedication and persistence. I would say it is like a fight, but a good fight. A fight against our laziness, unbelief, and a fight against our sadness, pain, and pride. If we stick with the fight, we will help God immensely in the conquering of evil in our world. We must believe in God’s goodness and in His love for all.
Small steps of faith will lead us on this path. When we awake in the morning, make it a practice to stop and think of Him and to offer a small prayer, God will give us the grace to pray and accomplish this important task. The task of loving Him and praying for everyone around us. This includes prayers for ourselves on the journey.
Every day and at Every Moment
There is not a period of time that goes by in our lives that God is not with us. It can be difficult to remember this fact on challenging days. When we rest and when we sleep He is still there. When we awaken and when we are alert to His presence, we continue to fight the ‘good fight’ with Him. In the small prayer to the Holy Spirit or in the pause before speaking, He is there. By remembering Him at all times and at ‘every moment’, we are walking on the path with Jesus.
Making it Real Every Day
As we pray and reflect, we walk next to God. Then, He reflects His own goodness into our interactions, conversations and hard times. ‘Conquering evil with good’ is no easy task. It is only possible with Jesus Christ and in the Paschal Mystery, the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Let us continue on this path daily for evil can be conquered through the goodness of God.