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Pope Francis’ Intentions for March 2014

1 Mar

St. JosephFollowing are the Intentions of our Holy Father Pope Francis for the month of March, courtesy of the Apostleship of Prayer:

  • Respect for Women.   That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
  • Vocations.   That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate  their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.

In addition, since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Because of the special feast day of Saint Joseph on March 19, this month is devoted to this great saint, the foster father of Christ. As Pope Leo XIII of happy memory wrote a little over a century ago, “It greatly behooves Christians, while honoring the Virgin Mother of God, constantly to invoke with deep piety and confidence her most chaste spouse, Saint Joseph. We have a well-grounded conviction that such is the special desire of the Blessed Virgin herself.”

One way to honor St. Joseph this month is to pray the Litany of St. Joseph, individually or as a family. And if you’re looking for good Lenten reading, you might consider Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on St. Joseph called Guardian of the Redeemer.

St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church and protector of the Holy Family, pray for us!