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Holy Father’s Prayer of Intention: july

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

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Do you remember when Pope Francis was first elected in 2013 and how he stepped out onto the balcony at St. Peter’s to meet the cheering crowds? He then did something extraordinary. He asked us to pray for him. This was no pious gesture or false humility. This was a sincere request born of his awareness of the overwhelming responsibility now placed on his shoulders. He knows his limitations. In his first major magazine interview, Pope Francis was asked: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” His response: “I am a sinner.” He paused and then added: “but I trust in the in infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ…” 

Pope Francis not only knows his own personal limitations, he is acutely aware of the limits of his brother priests. This awareness prompts this month’s petition. We priests are so very human, and yet we are given this extraordinary gift of access to people’s hearts, of being the public face of Christ’s Church. When a priest accomplishes much good, everyone benefits. But when a priest fails to reflect Christ, everyone touched by his ministry also suffers. We are well aware of how much damage has been done by those priests who have tried to meet their needs for intimacy, love, and self worth in twisted, damaging ways. 

All people need friends. Priests are no exception. That’s one reason why Pope Francis himself moved out of the Papal Palace and into Casa Santa Marta – so he could have more support from his brother priests. We pray that our priests may also form strong bonds of fraternal support with one another. And may all priests draw closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the source of all comfort and strength. 

Source: Apostleship of Prayer

 

Holy Father’s Prayer of Intention: june

That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

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Social networks are a powerful reality of the modern evangelical landscape and can serve as powerful engines to drive efforts to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the prayer intentions of the Holy Father. 

Since the very establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ on earth, technology has been used to share the Gospels. Word of mouth was the initial mechanism, but soon pen and ink were employed to record the holy words and actions of Jesus. That was the technology of the day. Bishop Robert Barron points out often how St. Paul used technology of the day in ships, letters, and the Roman Roads to evangelize. 

The Guttenburg Bible was a massive leap in the use of technology to provide the word of God across Europe. St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Venerable Fulton Sheen have used modern technology to share the message of Salvation of Sin in Jesus Christ. More recently Mother Angelica’s EWTN network has been a powerful tool worldwide in the same vein. 

In the modern world, we find immense opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and standard webpages to network across boundaries previously much more challenging to overcome. We can send a message to India today which would have taken weeks or months to arrive in previous ages. The Church has been making great use of technology across its history and today is no different. 

Our “Pope Video” and “Click to Pray” app are our contribution to the social media conversation. Thanks be to God for our benefactors who allow us to bring these services to so many souls who wish to pray with the Holy Father about the challenges facing humanity.

 

Source: Apostleship of Prayer

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