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Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for August 2012

B16 at Gandolfo 2012.jpgHow often do we take seriously the Lord’s teaching that we ought to pray (and care for) our enemies? Likely, not often. We allowed our emotions and prejudices and our hurt to get in the way of loving those who oppose even in a small way. It’s been said, “Our simple and profound life, in which every moment of
the day is offered to God, helps them find purpose in their often difficult
life behind bars.” Pope Benedict’s intentions for August draw us closer to what the Lord wants. Let’s join him and the Church in prayer for the human dignity of those in jail.

The general intention 

That prisoners may be treated with
justice and respect for their human dignity.

The missionary intention

That young
people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to
the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

The encounter with Christ means following a road through the dark valley

This love affair with Christ, this love story which is the whole of Monsignor Giussani’s life was however far from every superficial enthusiasm, from every vague romanticism. Really seeing Christ, he knew that to encounter Christ means to follow Christ. This encounter is a road, a journey, a journey that passes also–as we heard in the psalm–through the “valley of darkness.”

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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for July 2012

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As Blessed Ildefonso Schuster reminds, “Prayer is indeed the atmosphere in which holiness develops and flourishes.”  So, let’s work on our prayer with His Holiness for the month of July with the hope of a flourishing life of prayer in our daily life.

For the month July let’s pray for the following:

The Pope’s general intention

That everyone may have work in safe and secure conditions. 

The Pope’s missionary intention

That Christian volunteers in mission territories may witness to the love of Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for June 2012

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The general intention

That believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life. 

The missionary intention

That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of the Gospel.

Two new Doctors of the Church: The Lord’s effective witnesses in the world

Reminding us that the Holy Spirit “continues to inspire women and men who engage in the pursuit of truth” Pope Benedict announced that on October 7, at the beginning of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, he would proclaim St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen as Doctors of the Church. “These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” he said. “But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them perpetually present: the grace of the Holy Spirit, in fact, projected them into that experience of penetrating understanding of divine revelation and intelligent dialogue with the world that constitutes the horizon of permanent life and action of the Church.”

The Pope continued: “Especially in light of the project of the New Evangelization, to which the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be dedicated, and on the vigil of the Year of Faith, these two figures of saints and doctors are of considerable importance and relevance.”

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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