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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for January ’11

January 5, 2011

General Intention:

That the riches of the created world may be preserved, valued, and made available as God’s precious gift to all.

Reflection: As Christians, how do we make others aware of the grave consequences for everyone of failing to take care of the planet? 

Reading: David wrote, “What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.  You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet.” Psalm 8: 5-7 

Mission Intention:

That Christians may attain full unity, witnessing to all the universal fatherhood of God.

Reflection: How will you pray and act to advance the unity of separated Christians in your community?

Reading: St Paul writes, “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4: 1-6

(Reflections and Scripture from the Apostleship of Prayer)

Most Catholics, I am sure, are not even aware that the Holy Father issues these prayer intentions for the whole world; so filtering is the press. Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer ( does a great job of promoting these intentions, as well as providing commentary on them, and a modest store to find special prayer items. Father Kubicki is on a Q&A on our local radio staion, KBVM 88.3 FM (online at, at the beginning of every month, as well as his evening review at the end of each work day in the 7:00 o’clock hour (PST);and he has some great life information we could all take advantage of.

I hope you can take time, either locally, or via Internet, or go to the website, and experience a little enrichment, and take our Holy Father’s intention – and pay some of them forward.

Blessings & Prayers,


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