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Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for July 2013

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Pope Francis’ intentions for the month of July, the month also dedicated the Most Precious Blood Jesus. We are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, and no other.

The fathers and spiritual masters of the Church, like Saint Benedict believed that discernment is about figuring out who I am as a person as it is figuring out the contours of a relationship with God. Let’s keep these intentions in place of priority in our prayer this month.

The general intention

“That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.”

The mission intention

“That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.”

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for June 2013

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The pastor’s job is to educate the people given to him by God to lead to heaven. He needs the gifts of dialogue, listening and a healthy concern for the other. Moreover, the pastor a church needs to know how to present, even re-present, the Christian gospel and tradition of the Church for the salvation of others.

The papal intentions for the month of June are good for all of us to be mindful of when it comes to living our faith, interacting with others, and preparing an outreach plan of evangelization. Certainly Pope Francis has these qualities but he, like all of us, need the help of the Divine Majesty to live them with intensity. Hence, we unite our prayers with the angels and saints in asking God for a double portion of the Holy Spirit.

In connection with the papal intentions, let’s also pray for the students are graduating.

The general intention

That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.

The missionary intention

That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for May 2013

Francis kneeling St Mary Major.jpgBlessed Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts.”

Let us unite our hearts and minds with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the saints before God, for these intentions, and for the Holy Father.

The general intention
That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.

The missionary intention
That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for April 2013

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April’s papal prayer intentions has, for the first time the monthly intentions, Pope Francis’ ministry as the focus of our attention. Being in prayerful solidarity with the successor of Saint Peter is a hallmark of communio ecclesiology.

While the Apostleship of Prayer formed the papal intentions prior to the papal resignation and papal election, our prayer continued through the sede vacante because of the Office of the Bishop of Rome never ceases. The needs of the Church remains.

The general intention

That the public, prayerful celebration of faith [the sacred Liturgy] may give life to the faithful.

The mission intention

That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.

Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 that the community of believers are anchored in the Eucharist. As you know, this is the earliest recorded Christian understanding of what the Lord did on the day before He died on the cross.  In fact, Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians has the famous line, “Do this in remembrance of me,”  which keeps our attention on what’s essential. Pope Benedict’s good example and teaching tells us that real renewal of our faith rests in our living what the Eucharist means. Consider what the bishops of the Second Vatican Council said about the Eucharist: it is “the memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.” Hence, our prayer intention for April not only echoes a key teaching of Scripture but also the magisterium that teaches us that “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed.” The Liturgy, most particularly the Eucharist, is the fount of our faith in the Risen Lord, and from which the Church’s pastoral power flows.

The mission intention speaks to the virtue of hope. It is the Christian hope in our eternal destiny. Again, appealing to the teaching of Saint Paul’s letter,  2 Corinthians 5:16-20, pinpoints what we believe about faith in Christ: we live with a new humanity, that is, we have a new creation. The Year of Faith proclamation says, “Through faith, we can recognize the face of the risen Lord in those who ask for our love.”

The Pope’s prayer intentions for March 2013

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Even though the Chair of Saint Peter is temporary empty, the ministry of the bishop of Rome, the Roman Pontiff, is not abolished. The work of the Church of Christ continues: the proclamation of the Gospel, the administration of the sacraments and interceding on behalf of other before the Throne of Grace continues. As the Roman Pontiff emeritus said, 

“I would like to invite everyone to renew firm trust in the Lord. I would like that we all, entrust ourselves as children to the arms of God, and rest assured that those arms support us and us to walk every day, even in times of struggle. I would like everyone to feel loved by the God who gave His Son for us and showed us His boundless love.”

The general intention

That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is God’s work entrusted to human responsibility.

The missionary intention

That bishops, priests, and deacons may be tireless messengers of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

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]yahoo.com.
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