June 1, 2021
16608 have prayed

Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: that they may grow in love, generosity, fidelity, and patience.

Prayer

Gracious Lord that presented yourself to us in your son Jesus,
the face of the unconditional love of a loyal spouse,
today we offer you the lives of many young people who have received the vocation to marriage from you.
May your Holy Spirit guide them and mold their hearts so that they may grow together on the patient journey of love.
May they also continue to foster a daily offering of generosity,
an earned fidelity, and a joyful fertility.
Enlighten our commmunities so that they may accompany them with sound judgement in the building up of their common project, supporting them in their seaching and faith.

Offering prayer
Good Father, I know you are with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who is giving himself for me and who comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit make me his friend and apostle,
available for his mission of compassion.
I place in your hands my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings, everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this Worldwide Prayer Network.
With Mary, I offer you my day for the mission of the Church
and for the prayer intentions of the Pope and my Bishop for this month.
Amen.

Attitudes

  • Cherish and demonstrate the vocation of married life. I will take time to have a conversation with young people around me who are called to the vocation of matrimony; I will try to listen to their worries and give them hope on the journey. I will embody in my life the things that I talk about. “We need to find the words, the motivation, and the witness that helps to touch the hearts of young people, where they are most capable of generosity, of commitment, of love and even heroism, in order to invite them to accept the challenge of matrimony with enthusiasm and bravery” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 40).
  • Grow in patience on the journey of love. I will be in conversation with those whom I love, taking time to think and feel before speaking, and acting with gentleness. “On the horizon of love, central to the Christian experience of marriage and family, another virtue stands out as well, largely ignored in these times of frantic and shallow relationships: gentleness” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 28).
  • Be faithful in times of difficulty. In the middle of difficult times, I will look with love at the mutual story and journey forgiving us and opening a common future. “In the world today, the testimony of married people who have no only endured through time, but rather who have kept sustaining a shared project and preseved affection is also appreciated” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 38).
  • Walk with openness, truth, and generosity. I will be available to take one step at a time without looking to deal with everything at once, making space for the other and demonstrating with love my ideas and feelings. “Marriage crises frequently present themselves in a shallow manner and without the bravery of patience, sincere dialogue, mutual forgiveness, reconciliation, and sacrifice” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 41).
  • Rejoice at the devotion and shared life. I will joyfully accept the inconveniences that the other presents, strengthening our union. “Spouses will never be alone in their own efforts to confront the challeges that they face. They are called to respond to God’s gift with determination, creativity, endurance, and daily struggle, but they will always be able to call upon the Holy Spirit who has sanctified their union so that the grace received can present itself again in each new situation” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 74).
May 1, 2021
27729 have prayed

Let us pray that those responsible for the financial world will collaborate with governments to regulate financial markets to protect citizens from their danger.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, Son of the Father, who defended the poor:
submitted by the economic injustices of Your time,
we present before You our brothers, who suffer
the negative consequences of a financial economy,
that fuels speculation without work and stifles the real
economy centered on working people.
We are outraged by this injustice that sinks the most fragile!
May your Spirit soften the hearts of those responsible for this situation
to use power to protect and care for the underprivileged.
And give us a big heart to share
the fruit of our work, alleviating suffering.
Amen.

 

Offering prayer
Good Father, I know you are with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who is giving himself for me and who comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit make me his friend and apostle,
available for his mission of compassion.
I place in your hands my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings, everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this Worldwide Prayer Network.
With Mary, I offer you my day for the mission of the Church
and for the prayer intentions of the Pope and my Bishop for this month.
Amen.

Attitudes

  • Living with a happy sobriety:
    The constant accumulation of possibilities to consume distracts the heart and prevents us from valuing each thing and each moment” (Pope Francis). Stop to recognize and value the things you have. Francis invites us to: “Value the small, be grateful for the possibilities that life offers without clinging to what we have or being sad about what we do not have” (Laudato Si, 222).
  • Share your goods:
    Pope Francis states: “economic institutions and social channels are not being developed quickly enough to allow the poorest to have regular access to basic resources” (Laudato Si, 109). Look for a charitiable organization or institution with which you can collaborate at this time through a donation to help support their activities.
  • Act for the common good:
    Pope Francis states: “An integral ecology implies dedicating some time to recover the serene harmony with creation, to reflect on our lifestyle and our ideals” (Laudato Si 225). Reflect and propose ways that you can collaborate in the care of our common home. Find out about actions you can take to take care of the environment and work for an integral ecology.
  • Use money wisely:
    Pope Francis states: “since the market tends to create a compulsive consumer mechanism to place its products, people end up immersed in the whirlpool of unnecessary purchases and expenses” (Laudato Si 203).
    Take some time to think about what you spend your money on every day. What things do you spend the most money on and how could you financially help those who need it most?
April 1, 2021
28589 have prayed

We pray for those who risk their lives fighting for fundamental human rights in dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and also democracies in crisis.

Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ who are close to the suffering,
we bring before you the desire that all people are treated with dignity, respecting their right to their development as worthy sons and daughters of God the Father.
Infuse us with your Spirit the strength and courage to defend the Earth, proper housing and the work of all.
Take special care of those who risk their lives for this;
shake our sleeping consciences,
and give us your grace to feel the pain of the other as our own,
and transform reality into a promise of life.
Amen.

Offering prayer
Good Father, I know you are with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who is giving himself for me and who comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit make me his friend and apostle,
available for his mission of compassion.
I place in your hands my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings, everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this Worldwide Prayer Network.
With Mary, I offer you my day for the mission of the Church
and for the prayer intentions of the Pope and my Bishop for this month.
Amen.

Attitudes

“Let us accept the challenge of Pope Francis expressed in his prayer intention to contribute, with courage and determination, according to our role, to respect and defend the fundamental rights of each person, especially those who are” invisible “(Cf. Pope Francis, 10.12.18)

  • Respect human dignity:
    “Faith exhorts us to commit ourselves seriously and actively to counteract indifference in the face of violations of human dignity.” (Pope Francis, August 12, 2020)
    Respecting the dignity of people is acting with justice, with high transparency and facilitating the professional, personal, family and social development of people. Do you take into account the hands dedicated to the production of what you buy? Do you buy products produced by workers whose rights and dignity are respected?
  • Take risks for others:
    “It takes the courage to risk taking a leap forward, a daring leap to dream and realize the Kingdom of God like Jesus, and commit to a more fraternal humanity. We need fraternity: take your chances, go ahead!” (Pope Francis, August 11, 2018) Denounce injustices when you witness them and defend those who are criticized, slandered, or set apart.
  • Get out of yourself:
    “The invitation to go out of ourselves for love of God and neighbor is presented as an opportunity to share, serve and intercede” (Pope Francis, May 31, 2020). Following Jesus implies living like Him: learning to leave ourselves, to move towards those who are more distant, more forgotten, those who are most in need of consolation and help, also around you.
  • Approaching existential borders
    “Embracing the new frontiers of mission implies not only going to new territories to bring the Gospel, but also facing the new challenges of our time, such as migration, secularism and the digital world.” (Pope Francis, October 22, 2018). Existential borders and peripheries … Who do we find there? To those who are outside, not only geographically; they are those whom we have excluded from our existence. Get close to someone you have distanced yourself from.