2014 is a new year of faith, hope and charity. A new of knowing, loving and serving the Lord. It is also a new year of interceding before the Throne of Grace for those graces we need to fully live as Christian men and women in a diverse world.

Each month we recall the prayer intentions of the Holy Father. Just as Jesuit Father Francis Xavier Gautrelet told a group of Jesuit scholastics eager to serve on the missions: “Be apostles now, apostles of prayer! Offer everything you are doing each day in union with the Heart of our Lord for what He wishes, the spread of the Kingdom for the salvation of souls.” We who attend to praying for these intentions form the Pope’s prayer group, we are the Pope’s apostles of prayer in our local context. Though local, our prayer is expansive; its scope is for the City and the World. You may be interested in joining the Apostleship of Prayer.

With Pope Francis we remember in our prayer to the Most Holy Trinity, the following in January:

The general intention

That all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of peoples.

The mission intention

That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ.