February 2017 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION
Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
You are all-beautiful, O Mary!
In you the Word of God became flesh.
Help us always to heed the Lord’s voice: May we never be indifferent to the cry of the poor, or untouched by the sufferings of the sick and those in need; may we be sensitive to the loneliness of the elderly and the vulnerability of children,
and always love and cherish the life of every human being.
Praying against a "culture of indifference"
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
Pope Francis often speaks about a “culture of indifference” in which people are viewed as problems or burdens and then ignored. As I go around giving retreats, missions, and talks, I often run into good people who are fighting this temptation. They might be parents with a child who has special needs or is rebelling. They might be people whose spouses have dementia and keep repeating themselves and are at risk of wandering off. They might be people with a relative with a mental illness who periodically stops taking his or her medication.
This month Pope Francis asks us to join him in praying that anyone who is afflicted and suffering may find comfort from us.
On February 11 we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the annual World Day of the Sick. In his message this year, Pope Francis wrote about how the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. He said that Mary “spoke to her with great respect and without condescension." This reminds us that every person is, and always remains, a human being, and is to be treated as such. The sick and those who are disabled, even severely, have their own inalienable dignity and mission in life. They never become simply objects.” Or we could say, they never become “vegetables.”
Thank you for joining us in our prayer and work against the “culture of indifference.”
Sincerely in the Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)