Sunday, January 01, 2006
January Prayer Intentions  


General - That the effort to bring about the full communion of Christians may foster reconciliation and peace among all the peoples of the earth.
We can say it: the funeral of John Paul II was a truly extraordinary experience in which was perceived in some way the power of God Who, through His Church, wishes to form a great family of all peoples, through the unifying force of Truth and Love. In the hour of death, conformed to his Master and Lord, John Paul II crowned his long and fruitful pontificate, confirming the Christian people in faith, gathering them around him and making the entire human family feel more united. …. Nourished and sustained by the Eucharist, Catholics cannot but feel stimulated to tend towards that full unity for which Christ hoped in the Cenacle. Peter’s Successor knows that he must take on this supreme desire of the Divine Master in a particularly special way. To him, indeed, has been entrusted the duty of strengthening his brethren. Thus, in full awareness and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current Successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers. This is his ambition, this is his compelling duty. He is aware that to do so, expressions of good feelings are not enough. Concrete gestures are required to penetrate souls and move consciences, encouraging everyone to that interior conversion which is the basis for all progress on the road of ecumenism.Source
Missionary - That Christians may know how to welcome migrants with respect and charity, seeing in each person the image of God.
Jesus specifically mentions the “stranger.” He began His earthy life as a stranger, as a migrant and refugee. He knew firsthand the sufferings of those who, for whatever reason, must leave their homes to find the necessities of life and freedom from the threat of death. May we and all Christians see in every migrant the image of God and Jesus Himself begging for our welcome and care. May we show migrants the respect and charity that will lead Jesus to some day say to us: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."Source

That more Americans may understand how extreme is the policy that Roe v. Wade imposed.

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