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Praying for the Pope’s intentions

Praying for the Pope’s intentions
Praying for the Pope’s intentions is something we do fairly frequently; perhaps even daily.  And the Good Lord, knowing what is in every heart, will know the Pope’s intentions better than the Holy Father himself.  There is no problem, therefore, in us praying for ‘the Pope’s intentions’ without knowing exactly what those intentions are.
However, in the Wonderful World of Web, we can access the Pope’s intentions for each month (and he’s terribly organised: he released his 2013 intentions back in January!), and can therefore unite our prayer more closely to the Holy Father’s.
For each month there are two intentions – one ‘general’ and one ‘missionary’.  Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for June is:
“That believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life”.
 The children of our Parish who received the Lord for the first time in Holy Communion last weekend are at the beginning of a life-long discovery of what it means to have the Risen One accompany them so intimately throughout their lives.
For our part, although we are a little further along that road, we know that the mystery of His living presence never ceases to unfold as Jesus draws us ever deeper into communion with Himself and also, therefore, with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
In addition to prayer, let each one of us seek to live more deeply the mystery of Jesus’ living presence in the sacrifice of the Mass and in the Tabernacle, so that others – especially the children of our parish – may recognise in us a reverential devotion that inspires and encourages them to to a greater love of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life.
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 Next week, we’ll reflect on the Pope’s Missionary intention, which is:
“That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of and participate with more enthusiasm in the Gospel”.

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