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Holy Father’s Prayer of Intention: december
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.
Mature experienced members of our families, parishes and societies have much to offer to the formation of young people today. Experience matters. The elderly are a treasure who inform our minds and spirits with lessons of the past so that we might better approach our future.
In the medical field, risk-taking among the young is seen as a great risk factor for injury or unhealthy behavior. Because the young have energy and ideals, they can accomplish much in the arenas of family, social and work life. On the other hand, without experience, the young tend to take risks not cautioned by the school of hard knocks. Here is where our elders can be of great help in spiritual and personal formation.
Pope Francis, in a radio address in 2016, proclaimed: “The Church regards the elderly with affection, gratitude, and high esteem. They are an essential part of the Christian community and of society: in particular they represent the roots and the memory of a people… Your maturity and wisdom, accumulated over the years, can help younger people in search of their own way, supporting them on the path of growth and openness to the future.”
It is a duty, an honor, and a privilege to share our holy faith with those who come behind us. It is likewise a duty, honor, and privilege to learn from those who have gone before us. How many of us have experienced firsthand the lessons of wisdom from a grandmother, grandfather, or elder among our acquaintances? All of us must lower our pride and open our hearts to listen to our elders: elders at the same time, can learn from listening to the young.
Source: Apostleship of Prayer
Holy Father’s Prayer of Intention: NOvember
That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
When we in the West think of the Church in Asia, our thoughts often turn to the Pacific coast of that great continent: Japan, China, Vietnam and all their neighbors. It is good to recall also that Jesus was born in Asia, southwest Asia, and it was there that he labored, ministered and accomplished our salvation.
Saint Pope John Paul the Great conducted a special assembly of the synod of bishops specifically to address the evangelization of Asia, “The Church in Asia sings the praises of the “God of salvation” (Ps 68:20) for choosing to initiate his saving plan on Asian soil, through men and women of that continent.”
The faith is booming in various parts of Asia, particularly in South Asia, India! In Southeast Asia, the Church struggles still in Vietnam to minister in a complex political context. In Southwest Asia, the US State Department recently accused terrorists of genocide against Christians and others. Thanks be to God for our freedom to practice our holy religion.
Saint Pope John Paul exhorted us to pray for the Church in Asia, “...just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent.” May the good Lord make it so!
Source: Apostleship of Prayer