Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for June, urging the Faithful to pray everyone preparing for marriage.
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:
Gracious Lord that presented yourself to us in your son Jesus,
the face of the unconditional love of a loyal spouse,
today we offer you the lives of many young people who have received the vocation to marriage from you.
May your Holy Spirit guide them and mold their hearts so that they may grow together on the patient journey of love.
May they also continue to foster a daily offering of generosity,
an earned fidelity, and a joyful fertility.
Enlighten our communities so that they may accompany them with sound judgement in the building up of their common project, supporting them in their searching and faith.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of June:
Cherish and demonstrate the vocation of married life.
I will take time to have a conversation with young people around me who are called to the vocation of matrimony; I will try to listen to their worries and give them hope on the journey. I will embody in my life the things that I talk about. “We need to find the words, the motivation, and the witness that helps to touch the hearts of young people, where they are most capable of generosity, of commitment, of love and even heroism, in order to invite them to accept the challenge of matrimony with enthusiasm and bravery” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 40).
Grow in patience on the journey of love.
I will be in conversation with those whom I love, taking time to think and feel before speaking, and acting with gentleness. “On the horizon of love, central to the Christian experience of marriage and family, another virtue stands out as well, largely ignored in these times of frantic and shallow relationships: gentleness” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 28).
Be faithful in times of difficulty.
In the middle of difficult times, I will look with love at the mutual story and journey forgiving us and opening a common future. “In the world today, the testimony of married people who have no only endured through time, but rather who have kept sustaining a shared project and preseved affection is also appreciated” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 38).
Walk with openness, truth, and generosity.
I will be available to take one step at a time without looking to deal with everything at once, making space for the other and demonstrating with love my ideas and feelings. “Marriage crises frequently present themselves in a shallow manner and without the bravery of patience, sincere dialogue, mutual forgiveness, reconciliation, and sacrifice” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 41).
Rejoice at the devotion and shared life.
I will joyfully accept the inconveniences that the other presents, strengthening our union. “Spouses will never be alone in their own efforts to confront the challeges that they face. They are called to respond to God’s gift with determination, creativity, endurance, and daily struggle, but they will always be able to call upon the Holy Spirit who has sanctified their union so that the grace received can present itself again in each new situation” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia 74).
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for June:
Is it true, what some people say—that young people don’t want to get married, especially during these difficult times?
Getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful.
It’s a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort.
And on this life-long journey, the husband and wife aren’t alone; Jesus accompanies them.
Marriage isn’t just a ‘social’ act, it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart; a conscious decision for the rest of one’s life that requires specific preparation.
Please, never forget this. God has dream for us, love, and He asks us to make it his own. Let us make our own the love which God’s dream for us.
And let us 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.
Because a great deal of patience is necessary in order to love. But it’s worth it, eh?