Montreal Cardinal Urges Heart-to-Heart Talk with God

TORONTO, JULY 25, 2002 ( In his catechesis as part of World Youth Day, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte insisted on the need to speak heart-to-heart with God.

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«What is important is not the position but the disposition,» the cardinal told his young French-speaking listeners gathered in the Automotive Building at Exhibition Place.

Cardinal Turcotte, the archbishop of Montreal, encouraged the young people to pray personally, but also to live their relation with God in the Church.

He was asked by one youth: «How can we be sure that we are in touch with God during prayer?»

The archbishop of Montreal replied: «Is there anyone here who is in love?» A few hands were immediately raised.

«Do you have an instrument to measure your love? No. Love is not measured; it is lived concretely,» the cardinal said.

«The same is true with prayer,» he said. «Love is expressed with the heart. It is not something we can put in a test tube.»

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