…prayer must become a path for ourselves on which we gradually learn to see more… Through prayer we must become more free, we must set less value on ourselves and more on him and thus discover the real purpose of prayer: to ask God for the salvation of the world…

Joseph Ratzinger, Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year, ed. Irene Grassl, trans. Mary Frances McCarthy and Lothar Krauth (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992), Page 299.

My comments:  It is stunning to understand what Pope Benedict asked(asks) us to do: pray to God for the salvation of the world.  If we compare our standard prayer requests/petitions to the “salvation of the world” we could think that our small needs are immature or selfish, but that is not what Pope Benedict is getting at.  In addition to asking Our Father for our little things, we need to ask for (pray for) big things. There is nothing bigger than asking for the Lord to save the entire world. Why? It is God’s will that the entire world be saved. So we are praying for God’s will to be done and for our cooperation in bringing about God’s will, bringing about the Kingdom of God. I can not help but think about the Divine Mercy chaplet: “…have mercy on us and on the whole world”. Yes the Divine Mercy Chaplet is a incredibly easy prayer with an incredible purpose: mercy on the whole world.