Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for August, urging the Faithful to pray for Church reform.

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 August, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer to help you pray for his monthly intention:

Jesus Christ, master and head of the Church, who desires that she be faithful to you and modeled after you, we ask you that, without delay, our Church may proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Send your spirit over Her, making her obedient and available so that, through action, prayer, and discernment, she may navigate the true path of conversion, deepening her constant missionary vocation and reaching all places and all people with the light of the Gospel and the comfort of the Father’s love.

Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of August:

Love the Church
“A maternal Church walks the path of tenderness; she knows the language of wisdom, of silence, of the compassionate and quiet gaze” (Pope Francis). I will love the Church through specific acts of personal prayer with Christ and through service towards those around me.

Allow ourselves to be transformed
“Reforming structures that require pastoral conversion means that all of them become more missionary” (Pope Francis). Let us allow ourselves to be inspired in creative ways to evanglize in our communities, families, and workplaces.

Discern and choose the best
“Let us discern among all voices which is the Lord’s voice, his voice that leads us to resurrection, to life” (Pope Francis). Let us make sure we maintain an inner attitude that listens to the things that resonate in our heart so that we can recognize what opens our heart to love and compassion and choose it.

Live in deep friendship with Jesus
Jesus’ whole life, his way of treating the poor, his actions, his consistency, his daily generosity and simplicity, and finally, his total surrender, is all precious. It all speaks to our own lives” (Pope Francis). This month, choose one of the four Gospels and read it from beginning to end slowly, everyday, entering into dialogue and friendship with Jesus Christ.

Be available for Christ’s mission
Your heart knows that life is not the same without Him; it is that discovery, that thing that helps you to live and gives you hope which you need to communicate to your neighbors, making yourself free to lovingly serve where you’re needed. 

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for August:

The specific vocation of the Church is evangelization, which isn’t proselytism, no. Its vocation is evangelization; even more, the Church’s identity is evangelization.

We can only renew the Church by discerning God’s will in our daily life and embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit. Our own reform as persons is that transformation. Allowing the Holy Spirit, the gift of God in our hearts, remind us what Jesus taught and help us put it into practice.

Let us begin reforming the Church with a reform of ourselves, without prefabricated ideas, without ideological prejudices, without rigidity, but rather by moving forward based on spiritual experience —an experience of prayer, an experience of charity, an experience of service.

I dream of an even more missionary option: one that goes out to meet others without proselytism and that transforms all its structures for the evangelization of today’s world.

Let us remember that the Church always has difficulties, always is in crisis, because she’s alive. Living things go through crises. Only the dead don’t have crises.

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

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