Pray, Pregate, Oren, Molite, Priez, Betet ....
Papa Francisco's Prayer Intentions
for May 2017 - Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice and peace.
Some of the feast days in this Our Lady's month:
1st May - St Joseph the Worker
2nd May - St Athanasius, Bishop & Father of the Church
3rd May - Saints Philip & James, Apostles
4th May - Holy Martyrs of England and Wales
7th May - 4th Sunday of Easter
10th May - St John of Avila, Doctor of the Church
12th May - St Germanus of Constantinople
13th May - Our Lady of Fatima - 100th anniversary of the first apparition
14th May - 5th Sunday of Easter (St Matthias, Apostle)
18th May - St Leonard Murialdo
22nd May - Feast of St Rita of Cascia
25th May - Ascension Thursday .... after which began the first novena of the Church
(some countries have transferred this feast to the following Sunday ... although it knocks out the 40 days from Easter Sunday to Ascension & the 9 days from Ascension to Pentecost)
27th May - St Augustine of Canterbury
28th May - 7th Sunday of Easter (or where it's been budged, the Ascension)
30th May - St Joan of Arc
31st May -The Most Holy Trinity The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth
At the mo, Totus2us has these prayer podcasts:
and Novenas - the Divine Mercy Novena & Chaplet - to the Sacred Heart - to the Holy Spirit - to Our Lady - to Mary Immaculate - to St Joseph - to St Padre Pio - to St Thérèse of Lisieux - to Blessed John Paul II - in thanksgiving for the life of JPII - on JPII's encyclical the Redeemer of Man - on JPII's encyclical the Church of the Eucharist - on JPII's encyclical the Gospel of Life - on JPII's encyclical Faith & Reason - on JPII's apostolic exhortation on Europe - on BXVI's encyclical God is Love.
(Published on 16 October 2012)
Pope Francis @Pontifex :
Come, Holy Spirit! Help us to overcome our selfishness. (20.05.14)
The one who listens attentively to the Word of God and truly prays, always asks the Lord: what is your will for me? (19.05.14)
The month of May, dedicated to Mary, is a fitting time to begin to recite the rosary daily. (17.05.14)
Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to live daily according to the mind of Jesus and his Gospel. (15.05.14)
Let us read the Gospel, a small section each day. This way we will learn what is most essential in our lives: love and mercy. (13.05.14)
Our life has been saved by the blood of Christ. Let us always be renewed by this love. (12.05.14)
7 September 2013 - Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria,
the Middle East & throughout the whole world
Requested by Pope Francis for the Vigil of the Feast of the Birth of Mary, Queen of Peace:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Hello!
Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.
There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming.
I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.
With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.
May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.
What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, , 301-302).
All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!
I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.
May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.
To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.
On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.
Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!" - Pope Francis at the Angelus, Sunday 1 September 2013
Prayer of Pope John Paul I: "Lord, take me as I am, with my defects, with my shortcomings, but make me become as you want me to be."
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd August 2014:
"Dear children, the reason that I am with you, my mission, is to help you for ‘good’ to win, even though this does not seem possible to you now. I know that you do not understand many things as I also did not understand everything, everything that my Son explained to me while he was growing up alongside me – but I believed him and followed him. I ask this of you also, to believe me and to follow me. However, my children, to follow me means to love my Son above everything, to love him in every person without making differences. For you to be able to do this, I call you anew to renunciation, prayer and fasting. I am calling you for the Eucharist to be the life of your soul. I am calling you to be my apostles of light who will spread love and mercy through the world. My children, your life is only a blink in contrast to eternal life. And when you come before my Son, in your hearts he will see how much love you had. In order to spread love in the right way, I am asking my Son, through love, to grant you unity through him, unity among you, unity between you and your shepherds. Through them my Son always gives himself to you anew and renews your soul. Do not forget this. Thank you"
Prayer of Blessed John XXIII
at the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council:
"We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain in us, and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power,
for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.
You desire justice for all: enable us to uphold the rights of others;
Do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you,
and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.
You live and reign with the Father and the Son,
one God, forever and ever. Amen."
Papa Benedict has particularly asked us all to pray for China:
Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan
Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title
Help of Christians,
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.
From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!
Prayer for graces
through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II
O Blessed Trinity
We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendour of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
(with ecclesiastical approval – Cardinal Camillo Ruini)