Praying with the Pope in January

Published on 01 Jan 2020
White dove in flight

Promotion of World Peace

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

Pope Francis, January 2020

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Look for an external place or interior space of silence, or at least rather less noise; become aware, as St. Ignatius always suggested, of the gaze of the Trinity on you and in this world, and on this new year of 2020. Prayer is God’s gift to us and, as St.Paul noted, it’s God’s Holy Spirit who prays within us, if we’re open to that gift. Let God look at you now and let God’s Spirit pray within you.

Prayer changes us makes us more ready to act; prayer mobilises us. A faith-filled life is the best answer to that prayer the Spirit makes in us. Most of us, quite often, make the understandable mistake of thinking that we say prayers to change a situation or to change another person. But we must pray to be changed and then to work for change, for the sake of the Gospel and of humanity. A Morning Offering prayer, such as the Apostleship of Prayer (now the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network) has proposed for 175 years, can focus the rest of our day. Here is one possible morning prayer for January, from our “Living Prayer 2020” booklet:

“Heavenly Father, I begin this new day in gratitude for all that you have given me. May I seek to live with joy this day and to let that joy spread to all those I meet. I offer you my thoughts, words, deeds and all that I am for the intention of Pope Francis this month. Our Father'.