Monthly Reflection

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September 2021

AMDG                        PRAYING with Pope Francis in SEPTEMBER Apostles of Prayer round the world remember how, addressing several thousand of us over 2 years ago. gathered in Rome, Pope Francis told us that “the heart of the church’s mission is prayer”. When he invites us all, each month,  to pray with him for a specific …

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August 2021

Praying with the Pope in August – for the Church. The people of God, and all people of good will, have many concerns that they want to bring to their prayer, as does Pope Francis; yet some of our prayer may be devoted to his particular intention selected for this month, which is:  “Let us …

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July 2021

THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR JULY – SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP  In July, we are invited to pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship. All the monthly intentions in 2021 are expression of the Pope’s oft-expressed plea for fraternity and here is another …

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June 2021

SUPPORT YOUNG ADULTS AS THEY PREPARE TO WED It’s June, the month of weddings, midsummer and warm sunny days; our intention is for young people who are preparing for the holy sacrament of marriage. The Pope asks: “Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: …

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May 2021

MAY’S INTENTION from POPE FRANCIS – THE WORLD of FINANCE The Monthly Intentions of the Holy Father, offered to the people of God through the channel of his Prayer Network, name realities about our world that need prayerful reflection. These are challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission. We pray about these concerns, not to make them …

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April 2021

FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS. April, this year, is Resurrection Month. Everywhere, all the brothers and sisters of the human family, whether explicitly or not, are longing for new life, desperate for the deadly pandemic to end, for the fullness of life to free us from the terror of illness and death that has hung over us …

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The Fundamental Rights

THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS A guest reflection by Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ In April 2021, Pope Francis’s universal intention is for fundamental rights. “We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis,” he says. Since Pope John XXIII in the 1960s, human rights …

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March 2021

TASTE GOD’S INFINITE MERCY It’s already a full year since Pope Francis prayed for the whole world in that haunting and poignant televised service in a rainy, dark St.Peter’s Square. For many of us watching, whether we were people of explicit faith or not, the simple liturgy revealed a palpable depth; his spoken words were …

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February 2021

FEBRUARY – REPENT OF VIOLENCE TO WOMEN, SAYS POPE February brings us Ash Wednesday and begins our Lenten repentance and renewal. It brings us a new Intention from Pope Francis, a prayer from his own heart that he’d like us to take into our hearts and our own prayer. The Pope encourages us to consider, …

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January 2021

BEGIN THE YEAR with a PRAYER FOR FULL FELLOWSHIP A greater sense of human solidarity has grown among us, as we ended a dreadful year, yet it wasn’t universal. The longed-for advent of viable vaccines was accompanied by rich nations buying up huge stocks, leaving Majority World nations struggling. Some people appeared to relegate the …

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