Praying With Pope Francis: Intentions for December 2016
for the Challenges that confront humanity (Universal)
and the mission of the Church (Evangelization)
Universal intention: End to child-soldiers
That the scandal of child‐soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization intention: Europe
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness,
and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.
Quote of the Day
The Child of Bethlehem is frail, like all newborn children. He cannot speak and yet he is the Word made flesh who came to transform the hearts and lives of all men and women. This Child, like every other child, is vulnerable; he needs to be accepted and protected. Today too, children need to be welcomed and defended, from the moment of their conception. — Pope Francis, homily, May 25, 2014
Questions of the Day
And we have to ask ourselves: Who are we, as we stand before the Child Jesus? Who are we, standing as we stand before today’s children? Are we like Mary and Joseph, who welcomed Jesus and care for him with the love of a father and a mother? Or are we like Herod, who wanted to eliminate him? Are we like the shepherds, who went in haste to kneel before him in worship and offer him their humble gifts? Or are we indifferent? Are we perhaps people who use fine and pious words, yet exploit pictures of poor children in order to make money? Are we ready to be there for children, to “waste time” with them? Are we ready to listen to them, to care for them, to pray for them and with them? Or do we ignore them because we are too caught up in our own affairs? — Pope Francis, homily, May 25, 2014
- Read Children are a sign, Pope Francis’ homily during pilgrimage to the Holy Land, May 25, 2014
- Read Pope Francis’ message to participants in the 4th European Meeting on Youth Ministry, December 11, 2014