Some people are on the way back to school. St Benedict’s Prep (at Newark Abbey, Newark, NJ), an inner-city ¬†school operated by the Benedictine monks began their academic year this past week. My prayer for the students, teachers, and staff members is for a year full of grace and an appreciation for wonder and awe in the work of study. Pope Francis’ prayer intention is the maturation of the Christian conscience. And there is the peace and justice work needs our attention before God and in our daily life.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

The general intention

That parents and teachers may help the new generation to grow in upright conscience and life.

The missionary intention

That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, may promote peace and justice.