Apostleship of Prayer
The Apostleship of Prayer….
……began in 1844 in Vals, in the South of France, the realisation that everything we do can be done for God’s glory, for the good of others and for our own personal growth in God’s grace. The idea soon spread to people in the surrounding neighbourhood. They came to realize that by offering up to the Heart of Christ their daily work with its ordinary chores and concerns, they could do an immense amount of good. It enlists the prayerful help of millions of believers in their concern for the whole Church.
In 2016, the Apostleship of Prayer was renamed to emphasise the link between our prayer and the prayer of the Pope. it is now known as THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF PRAYER (The Apostleship of Prayer).
The Pope’s Intentions
Each month two intentions of the Pope are proposed, one Universal and the other for Evangelisation. The Universal intention expresses a concern for the whole world and should be acceptable to persons of good will everywhere. The intention for Evangelisation is more specifically Christian.
The Daily Offering
With Jesus in the morning: As I begin my day, I look for a moment of silence to become aware of the presence of the Risen Lord. I ask the Father to make me available to the mission of his Son, offering hi what I am and possess. I ask the Holy Spirit to open my heart to the needs and challenges that confront humanity and the mission of the Church, summarised in the Pope’s intentions for this month.
A Daily Offering Prayer:
God, our Father, I offer you my day. I offer you my prayers, thoughts, words, actions, joys, and sufferings in union with the Heart of Jesus, who continues to offer Himself in the Eucharist for the salvation of the world. May the Holy Spirit, Who guided Jesus, be my guide and my strength today so that I may witness to your love? With Mary, the mother of our Lord and the Church, I pray for the Pope’s intentions.
Donal Neary SJ
A BRIEF REFLECTION ON THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR EACH MONTH
A calendar with the principal feast days and the gospel of each day’s Mass