Faith – Make It Real

2016 Monthly Prayer Intentions

Pope Francis in prayerEvery year, the Pope creates monthly prayer intentions for the year for himself and the faithful. Though these prayers are meant for Catholics, the prayers (especially the general prayers) may be used or modified for any Christian. 

I pray these intentions. Why? Because it means that I am joining my voice, not only with the Pope, but with millions of people across the world. In Matthew 18:20, we are told by our Lord, “For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.” When we pray, we are meeting with everyone else around the world who also are praying, as well as with our Lord, Jesus Christ.


JANUARY
Universal: Interreligious Dialogue – That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

Evangelization: Christian Unity – That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.


FEBRUARY
Universal: Care for Creation – That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

Evangelization: Asia – That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia.


MARCH
Universal: Families in Difficulty – That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

Evangelization: Persecuted Christians – That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.


APRIL
Universal: Small Farmers – That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

Evangelization: African Christians – That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.


MAY
Universal: Respect for Women – That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.

Evangelization: Holy Rosary – That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.


JUNE
Universal: Human Solidarity – That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find – even within the huge cities of the world – opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices – That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.


JULY
Universal: Indigenous Peoples – That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean – That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.


AUGUST
Universal: Sports – That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

Evangelization: Living the Gospel – That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.


SEPTEMBER
Universal: Centrality of the Human Person – That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize – That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


OCTOBER
Universal: Journalists – That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Evangelization: World Mission Day – That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.


NOVEMBER
Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees – That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.

Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity – That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.


DECEMBER
Universal: End to Child-Soldiers – That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe – That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.


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