Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.
(Sirach  48:1  RSV2CE)

Pope Benedict comments on Elijah’s ministry of prophecy and prayer, a ministry to the people of Israel for the purpose of converting their hearts: “…the primary aim of prayer is conversion, the flame of God that transforms our heart and enables us to see God and so to live in accordance with God and live for others.”

Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, June 15, 2011

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