March 2017 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION
Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence.
O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence and who often only find death and many Pilates who wash their hands.
O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in those who wish to remove you from public places and exclude you from public life, in the name of a pagan laicism or that equality you yourself taught us.
O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in those persecuted for their faith who, amid their suffering, continue to offer an authentic witness to Jesus and the Gospel.
O Cross of Christ, teach us that the rising of the sun is more powerful than the darkness of night. O Cross of Christ, teach us that the apparent victory of evil vanishes before the empty tomb and before the certainty of the Resurrection and the love of God which nothing can defeat, obscure or weaken. Amen!
[Pope Francis on Good Friday, 2016]
Happy Ash Wednesday and Lent!
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
Happy Ash Wednesday and Lent! I know: we usually don’t think of Lent as a happy season and receiving ashes as we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return doesn’t seem like a very happy thought. But this holy season of Lent is the spring of the Church Year. It’s our annual spiritual house-cleaning time.
Through our fasting we “clean house” and purify ourselves, simplifying our lives and reminding ourselves of our hunger for God. We prayerfully unite ourselves with those who don’t have three square meals a day because of their poverty.
Our prayer draws us closer to the Heart of Jesus so that our hearts will be transformed to be more like his. We want to see ourselves and others through the merciful eyes of Jesus.
Our alms-giving and other works of mercy are the concrete response to what we see when we look at our world through the eyes and with the Heart of Jesus.
I find it a happy thought to consider how we are united in a special way during this time of year. Thank you for praying with Pope Francis for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Here are two organizations that you might consider praying and fasting for and then giving alms to support persecuted Christians:
Aid to the Church in Need http://www.churchinneed.org/site/PageServer?pagename=mainpage
Catholic Near East Welfare Association
If you do send them alms, please let them know that we asked you to do so. And please don’t forget us. I promise we will remember you as we pause to pray the Angelus at noon and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 o’clock.
Sincerely in the Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)