September Missionary Intention
“That, newly inspired by the Plan of St. Daniel Comboni, the missionary men and women of today may have the courage to make the decisions necessary for a new evangelisation of the world. ” Let us pray.
Pope Francis Missionary Intention
"That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering." Let us pray.
Jesus began his public ministry in the synagogue of his home town, Nazareth, by reading aloud from Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." Then he said, "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing" Luke (4: 14-21).
At the time of Jesus, many saw poverty as punishment from God and riches as proof of God's love. Thus many of the poor thought God did not love them. Jesus taught the opposite. He said, "Blessed are you who are poor" (Luke 6: 20), and shocked the apostles by telling them, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" (Luke 18: 24). With wealth comes the temptation to put God in second place and to bask in comfort while ignoring the needs of others.
Pope Francis has a deep love for those who are poor or who are suffering. He writes: "God's heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself 'became poor'" (2 Corinthians 8: 9)."
Pope Francis General Intention
"That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life." Let us pray.
Often those with mental disabilities are side-lined - at times regarded as an embarrassment, at other times rejected or ridiculed, and not infrequently, if disability of this kind is detected in the womb, they become candidates for abortion. For St. Louis Guanella (canonized in 2011) and to the groups he founded-the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence and Fathers of Charity-they are God's good children.
Pope Francis has spoken frequently against our "throwaway culture" which discards people like so many undesirable objects. He said: "This culture of waste tends to become the common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person, is no longer perceived as a primary value to be respected and protected, especially if poor or disabled…."
And so we pray for God's "good children," that the image of God may always be seen in them in all circumstances.
John 9: 1-5 "So that the works of God may be made visible through him."
Pope Francis prays for victims of violence especially those who have been killed for their beliefs
A top Vatican official has released a "shocking" report to the U.N. estimating that over 100,000 Christians are killed every year for reasons relating to their faith.
"Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year. Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and to the abduction of their leaders - as recently happened in the case of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, in Aleppo," Monsignor Silvano Maria Tomasi said in his U.N. report, according to Vatican Radio.
Prayer of the Month
Prayer For The Poor By Mother Theresa
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen