The Pope's Monthly Prayer Intentions
Pope's Prayer Intention - Parishes: That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
In his Message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope
Francis wrote: “All Christians are called to be missionaries of the
Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our
personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a
business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by
the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to
We experience God’s love in prayer and community,
especially in the celebration of the Eucharist. There, our intimate
encounter with Jesus leads us to share the concerns and desires of his
Heart which move us beyond focusing just on ourselves or our own parish
In 2001 Pope St. John Paul II wrote: “our Christian
communities must become genuine ‘schools’ of prayer. By opening our
heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers
and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s
Strengthened in faith and charity at the Eucharist, we look outwards to the millions who
do not know Jesus. We reach out to them with our prayer and acts of
charity. At the same time, we form a parish community that will attract
people to Christ and his Body, the Church.
In a General Audience last
October, Pope Francis offered the example of St. Therese of Lisieux,
one of the Apostleship of Prayer’s patrons: “she reminds us that the
real mission is never proselytism, but rather attraction to Christ,
beginning with strong union with him in prayer, adoration and concrete
acts of charity, which is service to Jesus present in the least of our
brothers and sisters.”
Reflection and Discussion
What is meant by “a missionary spirit”? In what ways is my community a place “where faith is communicated and charity is seen”?
2: 42-47 “All who believed were together and had all things in common.
Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”
Courtesy of Apostleship of Prayer