Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for September, urging the Faithful to pray for an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

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 September, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this.”

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

Praise to you, Good Father, who gave us thi Common Home
and in it all the things that speak of your love for us.
Send the fire of your Spirit that ignites our hearts
to always choose to live in the way of your Son Jesus,
simple, supportive and sober in the use of things,
sharing who we are and have.
Give us a generous heart to care for the legacy of our Common Home and
let us be encouraged by young people’s commitments to your creation.

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

Life a sober and simple lifestyle
“A minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption” (Pope Francis). This month I will discern my consumption habits and prayerfully discern my expenses.

Care for the Common Home.
“The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all.” (Pope Francis). This month I will make a resolution to consume less and share more with my brothers and sisters.

Admire and be grateful for creation.
“We are called to include in our work a dimension of receptivity and gratuity. It is another way of working, which forms part of our very essence. It protects human action from becoming empty activism.” (Pope Francis). I will take free time off to make myself aware of my life and to be grateful for it. I will take time to be with my brothers and sisters.

Work for others.
“The human person grows more, matures more and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out from themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures.” (Pope Francis) This month I will seek to be generous, helping others in the community, in my family and at work.

Support and assist courageous decisions made by young people.
“In those countries which should be making the greatest changes in consumer habits, young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment.” (Pope Francis) I will support community initiatives for the care of the Common Home with prayer and service, to the extent of my abilities. 

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

It makes me very happy to see that young people have the courage to undertake projects for environmental and social improvement, since the two go together.

We adults can learn much from them, because in all matters related to care for the planet, they are at the forefront.

Let us take advantage of their example and reflect on our lifestyle, especially during these moments of health, social and environmental crisis.

Let us reflect on how the way we eat, consume, travel, or the way we use water, energy, plastics, and many other material goods, is often harmful to the earth.

Let us choose to change! Let us advance with young people towards lifestyles that are simpler and more respectful of the environment.

Let us pray that we all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this. And they aren’t foolish, because they are committed to their own future. This is why they want to change what they will inherit at a time when we will no longer be here.

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