Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for May, urging the Faithful to pray for the Faith of young people.
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 May, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer to help you pray for his monthly intention:
“Good Father, who left us in Jesus Christ
a safe pathway for young people,
Today, we bring them before You, and we pray for them.
Just as your Son forged his young heart with Mary,
send your Holy Spirit so that even the young
may find in her the crucible for their own hearts,
where they can forge a faith that is courageous, discerning and at the service of others.
May your Son guide them on the paths he has followed.
And may Mary teach them what she taught him.
Enlighten their hearts so that, listening to your grace, and supported by their elders,
they can discern the way to a full life.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of May:
Discern your own life.
“Maturing, growing and organizing one’s own life without losing that attraction, that wide openness, that fascination with a reality that is always more. At every moment of life we can renew and increase youth” (Pope Francis). Take time to look at what gives you fullness of life in your life, and choose it.
“The strength of the ‘Yes’ of a young Mary is always striking. The strength of that ‘let it be done’ that she said to the angel. It was something different from a passive or resigned acceptance” (Pope Francis). Listen, make inner silence and recognize the voice of the Lord in your life.
“The unsatisfied restlessness, together with the amazement at what is new on the horizon, opens the way to the daring that moves them (young people) to assume themselves, to become responsible for a mission” (Pope Francis). Assume and take care of your big or small commitments.
“It is important to realize that Jesus was a young man. He gave his life at a stage that today is defined as that of a young adult. In the fullness of his youth his public mission began and thus ‘a great light shone’ (Mt 4:16), especially when he gave his life to the end” (Pope Francis). Perform gestures of service with those who are close to you.
“While you fight to shape your dreams, live fully today, give everything and fill every moment with love. Because it is true that this day of your youth may be the last, and then it is worth living it with all your heart and with all the depth possible” (Pope Francis). Live each moment as if it were the last, love without restrictions and without complaints.
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for May:
Speaking about the family, I would like to begin by addressing the young people first.
When I think of a model with whom young people can identify with, our Mother, Mary, always comes to mind: her courage, the way she knew how to listen, and her dedication to service.
She was courageous and determined to say “yes” to the Lord.
You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks!
Don’t forget that in order to follow Mary you need to discern and discover what Jesus wants from you, not what you might think you can do.
And in this discernment, it’s a great help to listen to the words of grandparents.
In those words of grandparents, you will find a wisdom that will take you beyond the issues of the moment.
They will provide an overview of your concerns.
Let us pray, brothers and sisters, so that all young people, called to live life to the fullest, may discover in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage of faith, and dedication to service.