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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for February ’11

February 1, 2011

Late February days; and now, at last

Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past;

So fair the sky and so soft the air.

~ William Morris (1834-1896), Earthly Paradise

 

As if we need reminding Winter is not over yet, while so much of the country is getting sledgehammered in yet another storm, Morris’ poem seems a reminder to not let up your guard.  Men, always keep to your family’s well-being.  Life and the elements can be harsh even when the sun is shining brightly! – mw

General Intention:

For Family:  That all may respect the family and recognize its unmatched contribution to the advancement of society.

Reflection: What can we do within our own families to foster an environment which helps everyone to meet, talk, and grow? 

Reading: St. Paul writes, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” Colossians 3:12-13 

Mission Intention:

For Those Suffering from Disease: That the Christian communities may witness to the presence of Christ in serving those who suffer from disease in those mission territories where the fight against disease is most urgent.

Reflection: How does your own experience with illness help you understand and serve the needs of those who suffer now?

Reading: St. Matthew writes, “When it was evening, they brought him many and he cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:  ‘He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.’ Matthew 8:16-17

(Reflections and Scripture from the Apostleship of Prayer http://www.apostleshipof prayer.org)

Pope Benedict gives us this prayer from the 6th World Meeting of Families as his prayer of the month:

Most Holy Mother of Guadalupe, fill with joy and hope all the families of the world.  We entrust to you the joys, plans, anxieties, and desires of every family.  To you we turn, relying on your motherly tenderness.  Be near to families in this crucial time in history.  Welcome us all into your heart and guide us in togetherness on our way to the heavenly Homeland.  Amen.

 

And I would add that we follow the lead of St. Joseph, most chaste spouse, trusting the Father’s direction, guiding the Holy Family through one peril after another; by the example of his fiat we learn to do what is righteous and what the Lord commands of us.  Help us to not be afraid to make difficult choices, and take the Lord into our homes and hearts (cf. Matt 1: 20, 24).

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,

Papa

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