June 2017 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
|read the reflection here|
PRAYER OF THE MONTH
Loving God, our Creator, we pray for leaders and decision-makers, that policies may be redirected towards peace and human rights, rather than the continuation of war and oppression. We pray for all who are involved in the arms trade, that they may realize the real consequences of their actions. We pray for the conversion of hearts and minds; and for the conversion of the arms industry towards productive purposes. Give us the strength to work for an end to the arms trade. We offer these prayers in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace. Amen.
by Helen Boothroyd in Campaign Against Arms Trade (www.caat.org.uk)
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
June is a special month for us. It’s the month dedicated in a special way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the early 1860’s, shortly after the Apostleship of Prayer began, Jesuit Father Henri Ramiere wrote a book that showed the connection between us and the Heart of Jesus. The title page of the 1866 British edition that I have in front of me says “The Apostleship of Prayer: A Holy League of Christian Hearts United with the Heart of Jesus.” Out of this union comes our desire to offer each day for the salvation of all people. This salvation is the deepest desire in the Heart of Jesus who shared our humanity, our suffering, and even death itself so that everyone could be with him forever in heaven.
This is so important to Jesus that he sent his own mother to Fatima one hundred years ago to ask people to pray the rosary and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus means sharing the concerns and desires of his Heart. It leads us to pray with the pope for the needs of the Church and the world. Thank you for the love you have for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for your prayers with and for Pope Francis. I’m sure he would repeat what St. John Paul II said to national directors of the Apostleship in 1985: “I put this world-wide Pious Association into your hands as a precious treasure from the Pope’s heart and the Heart of Christ. Put all your talents and all your strength into the accomplishment of this mission that I entrust to you today.”
Sincerely in the Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)