Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for March, urging the Faithful to pray for the Sacrament of reconciliation.
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 March, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we pray “we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God … and that God may give his Church merciful priests and not torturers.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:
“Holy Mother of God and Our Mother,
your merciful eyes are resting on us.
You are the first to lead the way
and you accompany us in the testimony of love.
You are the Mother of Mercy that unites us all
under the protection of your mantle.
We entrust ourselves to your maternal help
Following the perennial counsel that you give us
to look at Jesus, the radiant face of God’s mercy.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of February:
- “Recognize the immense love of God for me, who never tires of forgiving.” (Pope Francis)
- Acknowledge infidelities to God and the example that I must give as a Christian. Humbly dispose yourself to be forgiven and to acknowledge the lack of God’s tenderness in you. “Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God’s mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness.” (Pope Francis, Misericordia et misera, n.2)
- Welcome and rejoice God’s forgiveness, especially with the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Confession is the passage from misery to mercy, it is God’s writing on the heart.” (Pope Francis, March 19, 2019)
- Create a more frequent spiritual habit of asking for forgiveness and forgiving others, of being more of an image of the Mercy of God the Father, especially with the people who hurt me the most. “We are called to live by mercy, because first, mercy has been used with us.” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus)
- Be merciful, according to this word of Pope Francis, that every attitude, word, gesture, be of healing, help, forgiveness and closeness to those who sin and those who suffer. “Forgiveness is a force that resurrects a new life and instills courage to look to the future with hope.” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus)
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for March:
“When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul.
To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy.
The center of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need.
The center of confession is Jesus who waits for us, who listens to us and forgives us.
Remember this: In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes.
And let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God.
And let us pray that God may give his Church merciful priests and not torturers.”