Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for July, urging the Faithful to pray for social friendship.
Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative in 2016 as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.
For the month of June, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we pray “for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: that they may grow in love, generosity, fidelity, and patience.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer to help you pray for his monthly intention:
Lord Jesus, son of the Father, who called the apostles, “your friends,”
without taking into account their betrayals and mistakes.
We come to you, with the desire to respond with fidelity
to that friendship that you offer us today;
also in the midst of our weaknesses and fears.
Strengthen us with your Holy Spirit, like Philip and Peter,
so that we may choose you, your friendship,
your mission of fraternity and social friendship;
while learning to live in harmony with each other,
open to dialogue and respecting everyone’s differences.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of July:
Value and embrace differences:
“Authentic social dialogue supposes the ability to respect the other person’s point of view” Pope Francis (Fratelli Tutti, 203). Try to establish moments of sincere dialogue to value and embrace the differences of others. Seek to be a bridge between different opinions or conflictive situations in your daily life.
Enter into dialogue with sincerity and good-will:
Pope Francis tells us that “to approach, express, listen to, look at, know each other, try to understand each other, seek points of contact–all of this can be summed up in the verb ‘dialogue.’” (Fratelli Tutti ,198). Look for spaces for sincere encounters with your brothers and sisters in your community, work and social groups.
Include and establish procedures:
“The circumstances in which we live will not change immediately. However, we can look at reality in a new way, we can live with renewed passion the challenges in the construction of the common good. ” Pope Francis (4/4/19 Commission for Latin America). How can you build the common good in your community? How do you accompany and estalish procedures of change, growth and discernment?
Share sentiments with others:
Pope Francis tells us that kindness “facilitates the quest for consensus; it opens new paths where hostility and conflict would burn all bridges.” Pope Francis (Fratelli Tutti, 224).
Are you kind and able to empathize with the people around you? Reflect on concrete ways to generate a culture of encounter with your brothers and sisters.
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for July:
The Bible says that whoever finds a friend has found a treasure.
I would like to invite everyone to go beyond their groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well.
We especially need to have a renewed encounter with the most impoverished and vulnerable, those on the peripheries. And we need to distance ourselves from populisms that exploit the anguish of the people without providing solutions, proposing a mystique that solves nothing.
We must flee from social enmity which only destroys, and leave “polarization” behind.
And this isn’t always easy, especially today when part of our politics, society and media are bent on creating enemies so as to defeat them in a game of power.
Dialogue is the path to seeing reality in a new way, so we can live with passion the challenges we face in constructing the common good.
Let us pray that, in social, economic, and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship, men and women who always hold out a helping hand, and may no spaces of enmity and war remain.