Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for August, urging the Faithful to pray for small businesses.

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 August, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.”

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

“Lord Jesus,
we dream of a new world,
in which work is a source of dignity,
development and economic sustenance
for everyone, without distinction.
You know the reality of work, its hardness,
the weariness and joy of simple work.
Help entrepreneurs, with your Spirit,
especially the small ones, hardest hit by the crisis,
so that they find ways to continue to find
decent work, are helped in their communities
and grow a sustainable economy,
that also helps to build the Kingdom of God the Father.
Amen.

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

Support smallscale businesses
“There are a wide variety of small-scale rural food systems that continue to feed most of the world’s population, using a reduced portion of land and water and producing less waste, whether in small agricultural plots and gardens, or in hunting and collection of wild products and artisanal fishing.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 129).

Buy what you need from small producers and entrepreneurs.

Helping
“In order to continue to provide employment, it is essential to promote an economy that favors diversification
production and entrepreneurial creativity” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 129).

Publicize and promote the activity of small producers and entrepreneurs in your area.

Working well
“Work is a necessity, it is part of the meaning of life on this earth, it is a path of maturation, human development
and personal fulfillment” (Pope Francis Laudato Si, 128).

Do your job well, however small it may be, and help your brothers and sisters in theirs.

Seeking solutions
“The authorities have the right and the responsibility to adopt measures to clearly and firmly support small producers and the diversification of production” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 129)

How can you help those who, with their small business, have guaranteed essential services in times of crisis? Bakers, pharmacists, farmers, for example.

Cooperating with others
“Entrepreneurial activity, which is a noble vocation oriented towards producing wealth and improving the world for all, can be a very fruitful way of promoting the region where you set up your ventures, especially if you think that the creation of jobs” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 129).

Get closer to the small entrepreneurs in your area and become aware of their situation to accompany them and discern ways to help.

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

“As a consequence of the pandemic and the wars, the world is facing a grave socio-economic crisis. We still don’t realize it!

And among those most affected are small and medium-sized businesses.
Stores, workshops, cleaning businesses, transportation businesses, and so many others.

The ones that don’t appear on the lists of the richest and most powerful, and despite the difficulties, they create jobs, fulfilling their social responsibility.

The ones that invest in the common good instead of hiding their money in tax havens.

They all dedicate an immense creative capacity to changing things from the bottom up, from where the best creativity always comes.

With courage, with effort, with sacrifice, they invest in life creating wellbeing, opportunities, and work.

Let us pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.”

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