Prayer is path to understanding God – pope

October 28, 2013

VATICAN CITY – God's love and the salvation offered in Jesus cannot be understood using intelligence alone and, in fact, trying to make it all reasonable can make one crazy, Pope Francis said.

"When intelligence tries to explain a mystery, it always – always – becomes crazy," the pope said Oct. 22 in the homily at his early morning Mass.

The mystery of salvation "can only be understood on one's knees, in contemplation," he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio. To enter into a mystery one needs "intelligence, heart, knees, prayer – all together."