Whenever we speak to God, whenever we open ourselves to God, we ourselves are renewed. when a person loses God, he can no longer be genuinely himself because he has lost the fundamental norm of his existence.

Joseph Ratzinger, Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year, Ignatius Press, 1992, page 101.


My Comments: So what Pope Emeritus Benedict is saying is that when we pray we become that being which we were created to be. For we were created for a relationship with our creator, and that relationship is revealed in the covenants within Bible as Father/son or Father/daughter. The fundamental essence of that relationship is to communicate, to pray.