The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

"Click to Pray" -- a New App

If you're one of the select few who actually read this blog -- I think of you as my occasionally holy remnant -- you might have noticed that I include the Holy Father's monthly prayer intentions along the blog's right-hand border. If you think about it, joining with Pope Francis by including these intentions in your daily prayer can be a very powerful act. It's powerful because by doing so, you are praying not only with the Holy Father, but also with millions of other Catholics. Just think of the impact such prayers would have if all Catholics, well over a billion of us, stormed heaven daily by praying for these particular intentions.

If you haven't been doing this, please consider adding these intentions to your prayers each day. As an example, I've included below the intentions for the current month (March 2016) and the associated prayers. The Pope always includes two intentions: a universal intention and an evangelization intention.
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Universal: Families in Difficulty. That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

Evangelization: Persecuted Christians. That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.

Prayer

God our Father, I thank you for those who care for me and help me grow. I pray for the many children growing up in families in difficulty--economic, emotional, or social. I pray that your love be present within these families. Love is expressed in forgiveness, in listening and respecting each other. I also pray, in union with the Holy Father, for all Christians who are persecuted. May they know hope and comfort in their difficulties.

Our father; Hail Mary; Glory be...

Resolutions for this month:
  • I will seek to be a source of peace and joy for families who are experiencing difficulties.
  • I will help children learn to be attentive to others, especially when they are experiencing difficulties.
  • I will help raise awareness and try to motivate others to pray for the persecution of Christians throughout the world.
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All of the above are included in a new app called "Click to Pray." Sponsored by the Apostleship of Prayer International, the app, in their words, "invites you to pray together with millions of others around the world for the Pope's monthly prayer intentions which address current challenges facing humanity. And because every day is different, the app offers a prayer 365 days a year to help you discover each day how God calls you to live. Join us as we pray together with the Pope in his global prayer network."

If, like me, you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the app for free at the app store. I assume it's also available for those with Android devices.

Here's a video describing the app:

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