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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for January 2012

January 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for January ‘12

One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and thus carrying our whole nation back to great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this, the day set aside to honor Dr. King’s birthday, for all that he was able to accomplish in the name of peace and nonviolence, and to take notice of the justice, respect, and citizenship that can be metered out to every person in America today – if we try together – because of the actions of brave, just, and a dedicated cadre of peace-loving men and women.

In recognizing the victims of natural disasters, the Pope keeps fresh in our minds, to give aid and comfort to those who have none.  In the absence of a Japanese tsunami, or a Haitian earthquake, let us tend to the little disasters we have nearby: the homelessness, the despairing addict, the victims of gang violence, the foreclosed.  Yes, Job reminds us, bad things happen to good people, let us be prayerful and hopeful as we look forward to the greater good that God will provide.


General Intention

Victims of Natural Disasters.

That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.


Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? How was that disaster an opportunity to respond with love?


I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed for us.  For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for the creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.  We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope we were saved.  Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.  For who hopes for what one sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. (Romans 8:18-25)


Mission Intention

Dedication to Peace.

That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ before all men and women of good will.

In what ways can you express the peace of Christ in the ordinary events of your daily life?

For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.  He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14-18)

(Reflections and Scripture from the Apostleship of Prayer)

Prayer of the Month

This month’s prayer is – from

Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God’s grace, we intend to do what we can.  May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters.  May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help.

I hope you took today and instead of having a day off (if you did), and be proactive in the face of injustice, contemplative in the way you can make a positive difference in the world.  As my friend Richard Lane says, this is a day ON, loving and serving one another.

I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith. I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil rights leader, but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood,

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Birthday Martin.



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