Pope’s Intentions for June

4 Jun

Pope Francis2Following are the Intentions of our Holy Father Pope Francis for the month of June, courtesy of the Apostleship of Prayer:

  • Mutual Respect. That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.
  • New Evangelization. That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.

The Apostleship of Prayer provides some very helpful reflections to help us embrace the Pope’s intentions each month. Here is what the Apostleship of Prayer says about this month’s “mission intention”:

The old evangelization looked to the mission fields far away. The new evangelization hits home. Pope Benedict said that the new evangelization is “directed principally at those who, though baptized, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to the Christian life.” It seems every family has a story like that.

In a General Audience last year, the former Pope spoke of this “drifting away from the Church” where “the truths of faith or religious rites are not denied but are merely deemed irrelevant…as though God did not exist.’”

How shall we respond to this “drifting away” all around us? Pope Benedict said: “We cannot speak of the new evangelization without a sincere desire for conversion. The best path to the new evangelization is to let ourselves be reconciled with God and with each other. Solemnly purified, Christians can regain a legitimate pride in their dignity as children of God, created in his image and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and they can experience his joy in order to share it with everyone, both near and far.”

We are called to be, in Pope Benedict’s words, “the true actors in evangelization, to show the beauty of the Gospel to those who are indifferent or even hostile,” to “invite, as it were, tepid believers, to live with the joy of faith, hope, and charity.”

Jesus calls us, as He led the apostles, to be “fishers of people.” The bait we use is the witness of our lives. The new evangelization is to speak and act in the joy of faith, hope, and love.

Reflection

What are the characteristics of my life that “show the beauty of the Gospel” and invite others “to live with the joy of faith, hope and charity”?

Scripture

Luke 5:1-11 “Do not be afraid.”

Prayer of the Month

Holy Mary, star of the new evangelization, make us the light of the world. We receive Christ in the Eucharist; help us build the Kingdom in the world. Teach us to do whatever He tells us. May our study of His life lead us to love Him, and our love for Him lead us to imitate Him. If we are what we should be, we will set the world ablaze and affect the culture. We ask your intercession to make this so, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

3 Responses to “Pope’s Intentions for June”

  1. Paula Alberts June 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Perhaps you mean Pope Francis???

  2. Leon Suprenant June 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    You’re absolutely right, Paula. They come out with these a year in advance, so originally they were Pope Benedict’s intentions for the year, but surely the intentions for the remaining months of 2013 have been embraced by his holy successor. Thanks for the correction!

  3. samzabotney June 6, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    “…the former Pope spoke of this “drifting away from the Church” where “the truths of faith or religious rites are not denied but are merely deemed irrelevant…as though God did not exist.’”

    Folks, THAT is the hard reality out there. And you know what else? When these people look at far too many church goers (as well as leaders), they ARE convinced GOD DOES NOT EXIST!

    The way we must answer that challenge is with a question addressed to ourselves:

    “How then shall we live”?

    Are we to live in such a manner that the only way we are different than the people who have drifted away is how we spend one hour on Sunday morning and indistinguishable from them the other 167 hours of the week?

    Or are we going to live as though the life, death and resurrection of Jesus does make a difference? Are we willing to embrace the lifestyle of The Way – becoming real communities of faith, passionately in love with our God, with each other, and with all of God’s good creation?

    Drive up and down Central Avenue in my beloved KCK. Each of us need to look at all the storefront Iglesias (and some in former mainline churches) with more than the usual triumphalistic disdain and ask ourselves if people are going there because of their doctrine and dogma and religious rites with incense and fancy vestments, or because of how the people there love one another and reach out to others?

    The so called “New Evangelization” needs to start right in the Catholic Churches with the people who still show up along with their spiritual leaders. Like the old timers down in the Ozarks used to say when I was growing up, “You can’t give what you ain’t got no more than you can come back from somewhere you ain’t never been before”.

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