April 2017 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION
Young People: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
Mary Most Holy, the Mother of our Saviour, you had the courage to embrace the ideal of a life that is fully human and happy to spend itself in love. You placed your youth and enthusiasm in God’s hands. Through your intercession, may we be granted that same openness of heart, that same readiness to respond, “Here I am”, to the Lord’s call, and that same joy in setting out, like you, to proclaim him to the whole world.
[Adapted Message from Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations Message]
Don't Be Couch Potatoes!
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
“Don’t be Couch Potatoes!”
Those are the words of Pope Francis in his Message for the 32nd World Youth Day, to be celebrated in local dioceses on April 9. In writing this, he held up the Blessed Virgin Mary as an example for us all.
After the Annunciation, Mary did not, in the words of Pope Francis, “shut herself up at home or let herself be paralyzed by fear or pride. Mary is not the type that, to be comfortable, needs a good sofa where she can feel safe and sound. She is no couch potato! If her elderly cousin needs a hand, she does not hesitate but immediately sets off.”
Then he said: “Like Mary, you can allow your life to become a means for making the world a better place. Jesus is also calling you to leave your mark in life, your mark in history.”
Mary is an example for young and old and everyone in between. She surrendered to God’s will and acted on it without hesitation. As an Apostle of Prayer, you are trying to follow her example by making a daily offering of yourself. Whether you are active or confined to a couch or a bed, you are not a potato! You’re a beloved child of the Father and a member of the Body of Christ. Your prayers with and for the Holy Father ensure that you are making your own “mark in history.” Thank you for joining us in this great enterprise!
Sincerely in the Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)