Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions.
Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s May 2012 prayer intentions are:
General Intention – The Family: That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be promoted within society.
How can you and I encourage society to support and strengthen the family?
Addressing ambassadors to the Vatican in January this year, Pope Benedict emphasized that society itself depends on strong families. Marriage of a man and a woman, said the Pope, “is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society.” Families in which spouses and children are challenged to grow beyond self-centeredness and to learn self-sacrificing love are the key to a healthy society in which individuals look to the common good of all.
Mission Intention – Mary, Guide of Missionaries: That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of Evangelization, may accompany all missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus.
Although she wasn’t an apostle, Mary was a missionary. How can you be a missionary like Mary?
After Jesus was conceived in her womb, Mary rejoiced in the new life within and around her. So it is fitting that we honor the Mother of God during the month when Mother Nature is so active. We join Pope Benedict in asking Mary to be with missionaries. We ask her to help them proclaim the love of Jesus in their words and deeds so that there may be a new springtime of faith throughout the world.
Visit Apostleship of Prayer for deeper reflection, Scripture reading, and resources on these monthly intentions. There is also a terrific kids section here where you can download reflections, coloring pages, and activity sheets for children.