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As we start the New Year on this “World Day of Prayer”, let us unite together spiritually and pray in a special way for the Pope’s monthly intentions.
During January we pray, “That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”
This prayer intention is a great summary of the renewed mission of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and provides a key to the rest of the year. As a prayer network, we strive every day to live out our mission of responding to the challenges that confront humanity and the Church’s mission as expressed in the Pope’s monthly intentions. In praying with these intentions, we extend our gaze onto the whole world and enter personally into the joys and hopes, the pains and sufferings of our brothers and sisters everywhere.
To encounter the world and the many challenges we face, it is vital to work together with all Christians, no matter what denomination. United in mission, we provide a stronger witness to Christ and his concern for all humanity.
Pope Francis deeply desires this unity to meet the challenges of humanity, as he mentioned in a letter on the anniversary of the document Unitatis Redintegratio:
“I have been able to see how, despite the open questions that still separate us, there is a strong and widespread desire to walk together, to pray, to know and love the Lord, to cooperate in service and in solidarity with the weak and the suffering. I am convinced of this: on a common path, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and learning from one another we can grow in the communion which already unites us. ”
Indeed, this past year Pope Francis displayed a very strong desire to work together with other Christian denominations when he visited Sweden. He gave an example for all of us to consider, putting behind us our past differences and moving forward in a spirit of unity to do many good things in the world.
Let us pray this month for Christian unity, so that we can go forward in compassion and work together in charity for the common good of all.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)