May 2017 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION
Christians in Africa:
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, thanks to you, on the day of the Annunciation, at the dawn of the new era, the whole human race with its cultures rejoiced in recognizing itself ready for the Gospel. May the outpouring of the Holy Spirit make of the cultures of Africa places of communion in diversity, fashioning the peoples of this great Continent into generous sons and daughters of the Church which is the Family of the Father, the Brotherhood of the Son, the Image of the Trinity, the seed and beginning on earth of the eternal Kingdom which will come to its perfection in the City that has God as its Builder: the City of justice, love and peace.
[from Pope St. John Paul II’s “The Church in Africa”]
Prayer is More Powerful than Bullets
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
“Prayer is More Powerful than Bullets”
Those words are from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote them in his commentary on the Message of Fatima. He wrote them because Pope St. John Paul II was convinced that he survived the assassination attempt of May 13, 1981 because of Mary’s intercession.
On May 12 and 13 Pope Francis will be in Fatima for the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s first appearance to three shepherd children there. Pope Francis is very devoted to Our Lady of Fatima. When he was elected, he asked the Cardinal Archbishop of Lisbon to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. Several months later, on the anniversary of Mary’s last appearance there, in front of the pilgrim statue which had been brought from Fatima to Rome, he consecrated the world to her.
Your prayers are important. I believe that prayer not only helped deflect the bullet that pierced Pope John Paul; prayer also brought down the Berlin Wall in 1989 and brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991—events that I never thought I would see in my lifetime.
Miracles are possible, but we need to pray and to believe “that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets and faith more powerful than armies.”
Thank you for continuing your faith-filled prayers. You are helping Pope Francis, the Church, and the world that Jesus died and rose to save.
Sincerely in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)