“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” – Galatians 5:22
Throughout the year the Pope produces a prayer intention for each month and this month the prayer focuses in on being people of peace. As we move towards Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus, let us be aware that being a peace-filled person is essentially who Jesus was to all he encountered. He is in a lot of respects a beacon of light for all to follow, someone who was a master of dealing with confrontation, conflict and challenging situations. An example of a cool head who would disarm a situation with a calm word, an empathetic glance or a supportive action. May we move towards the busy end of year, be always conscious of situations where we can model Jesus’ calm resolve and bring peace to the world. Dear Lord, allow us the space to be present to the needs of others and to listen with an empathetic heart. Amen
Please click on link below to watch the Pope’s prayer intention for the month of November.
Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. In 2018, only one intention is offered per month, whether universal or related to evangelization. From time to time, however, the Holy Father may add a second prayer intention related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The second prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation
2018 – The Pope’s Prayer Intention
Evangelization – Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.
Universal – Say “No” to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Evangelization – Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
Universal – For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
Evangelization – The Mission of Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
Universal – Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects other for their differences.
Evangelization – Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
Universal – The Treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
Universal – Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.
Evangelization – The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
Universal – In Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
Evangelization – In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Michael Monagle (Director of Mission and Identity)