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Pope Benedict XVI’s Intentions for August

For the month of August, the Holy Father asks our prayers for the following intentions:

The Unemployed and the Homeless
General:  That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties.

Victims of Discrimination, Hunger and Forced Emigration
Missionary: That the Church may be a “home” for all people, ready to open its doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger, or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Intentions for July

The Holy Father asks our prayers for the following intentions for the month of July:

Justice in Electing those who Govern
General:  That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens.

An Urban Culture of Justice, Solidarity and Peace
Missionary:That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centers, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Intentions for August

For the month of August, the Holy Father asks our prayers for the following intentions:

The Unemployed and the Homeless
General:  That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties.

Victims of Discrimination, Hunger and Forced Emigration
Missionary: That the Church may be a “home” for all people, ready to open its doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger, or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Intentions for June

For the month of June, the Holy Father asks our prayers for the following intentions:

Respect for Human Life
General: That every national and transnational institution may strive to guarantee respect for human life from conception to natural death.

The Churches in Asia
Missionary: That the Churches in Asia, which constitute a “little flock” among non-Christian populations, may know how to communicate the Gospel and give joyful witness to their adherence to Christ.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Intentions for May

For the month of May, the Holy Father asks our prayers for the following intentions:

Human Trafficking
General:   That the shameful and monstrous commerce in human beings, which sadly involves millions of women and children, may be ended.

Priests, Religious and Committed Lay People
Missionary: That ordained ministers, religious women and men, and lay people involved in apostolic work may understand how to infuse missionary enthusiasm into the communities entrusted to their care.

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Even the Pope Runs Out of Time

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I was reading today’s Zenit news and a story about the Pontiff’s Mass with the Pontifical Biblical Commission jumped out at me.

The Holy Father started his homily with “I didn’t have time to prepare a real homily.” I’m glad that I’m not the only one that feels like he has more to do than time exists to prepare. Fulltext below.
Pope: Let’s Not Be Afraid to Talk of Eternal Life
Says Christianity Is a Fragment Without Its Final Goal
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is suggesting that Christians should go beyond a certain fear of presenting eternal life as the goal of following Christ.

The Pope said this Thursday in an improvised homily that he gave during a Mass for the members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

“I did not find the time to prepare a real homily,” the Holy Father announced at the beginning of his words. “I would just like to invite everyone to personal meditation, proposing and highlighting some lines from today’s liturgy that offer themselves to the prayerful dialogue between us and the Word of God.”

He went on to reflect about three phrases, proposing meditations about authentic freedom and penance as a grace.

The second phrase led the Pontiff to a reflection on eternal life.

He said: “St. Peter says that God raises up Christ to his right hand as head and Savior. ‘Head’ is a translation of the Greek term ‘archegos,’ which implies a much more dynamic vision: ‘Archegos’ is he who points out the road, who precedes, who is moving, a movement toward what is above. God raised him up to his right hand — so speaking of Christ as ‘archegos’ means to say that Christ walks before us, he precedes us, he shows us the road. 

“And being in communion with Christ is being on a journey, ascending with Christ, it is the following of Christ, it is this ascent upward, it is this following of the ‘archegos,’ he who is already gone ahead, who precedes us and shows us the road.”

It is important, the Pope affirmed, to “say where Christ goes and where we too must go: ‘hypsosen’ — above — ascent to the right hand of the Father.”

So, the Holy Father explained, the following of Christ “is not only the imitation of his virtues, it is not only living like Christ in this world, as far as possible, according to his word; but it is a journey that has a goal. And the goal is the right hand of the Father.”

Whole meaning

Benedict XVI said that in this sense the “goal of this journey is eternal life at the right hand of the Father in communion with Christ.”

He reflected: “Today we often have a little fear of speaking about eternal life. We talk about the things that are useful to this world, we show that Christianity also helps to improve the world, but we do not dare say that its goal is eternal life and that from such a goal come the criteria for life. 

“We must once again understand that Christianity remains a ‘fragment’ if we do not think of this goal, that we want to follow the ‘archegos’ to the heights of God, to the glory of the Son that makes us sons in the Son and we must again recognize that only in the vast perspective of eternal life does Christianity reveal its whole meaning.”

“We must have the courage, the joy, the great hope that there is eternal life,” the Pope exhorted, “that it is the true life and that from this true life comes the light that also enlightens this world.”

He reflected that if it can be said that it is better to live according to Christian criteria even without eternal life, “because living according to the truth and love, even in persecutions, is good in itself and better than all the rest,” still “it is precisely this will to live according to the truth and according to love that must also open to the whole breadth of God’s plan for us, to the courage to have already the joy in expectation of eternal life, of ascending, following our ‘archegos.'” 

“The Savior saves us from solitude, from an emptiness that remains in life without eternity; he saves us giving us life in its fullness,” the Pontiff added. “He is the leader. Christ, the ‘archegos,’ giving us light, giving us truth, giving us God’s love.”