Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for November, urging the Faithful to pray for people with depression.

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 November, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.”

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

“Good Father, who looks at your sons and daughters with love, We know that you have deep compassion for those who suffer the most. Your Son Jesus healed so many, restoring sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the mute and walking to the disabled. Today, we pray for those whose heart is clouded by sadness and pain; Brothers and Sisters lost in depression and extreme exhaustion. Send your Spirit upon them to find rest and comfort. And give us a heart to love and support them, opening to them paths of hope and new life. Amen.”

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

Order our lives.
Human beings are capable of looking at themselves with honesty, of exposing their own boredom and of initiating new paths towards true freedom” (Pope Francis). Every day I will take a break to become aware of what I live and thank the Lord.

Give meaning.
We are talking about an attitude of the heart, which lives everything with serene attention, which knows how to be fully present to someone without thinking about what comes next, which gives itself at every moment as a divine gift that must be fully lived” (Pope Francis ). I will try to ask myself about the inner motivations of what I do. Why do I do this? What is the meaning of my life?

Cultivate silence for the encounter with the Lord.
Nature is full of words of love, but how can we hear them in the midst of constant noise, permanent and anxious distraction, or the cult of appearance?” (Pope Francis). I will take a few minutes every day to speak with the Lord about what I live, as a friend speaks to another.

Pause the daily rhythms.
Being present serenely before each encounter, no matter how small, opens up many more possibilities for understanding and personal fulfillment” (Pope Francis). I will take moments this week to pause to contemplate the beauty that surrounds me and to give thanks.

Give support and help those who suffer.
It is necessary to feel again that we need each other, that we have a responsibility for each other and for the world, that it is worth being good and honest” (Pope Francis). I will take free time to share my time with others close to me.

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

“Overwork and work-related stress cause many people to experience extreme exhaustion—mental, emotional, affective, and physical exhaustion.

And of course, as a result, sadness, apathy, and spiritual tiredness end up dominating people’s lives, which are overloaded due to the rhythm of life today.

Let us strive to be close to those who are exhausted, to those who are desperate, without hope. Often, we should simply listen in silence because we cannot go tell someone, ‘No, life’s not like that. Listen to me, I’ll give you the instructions.’ There are no instructions.

And besides, let us not forget that, together with the indispensable guidance of a psychologist, which is useful and effective, Jesus’ words also help. These words come to my mind and heart: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’

Let us pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.”

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