Prayer Articles

by Andy Hamilton SJ

Fr Andy Hamilton SJ is editorial consultant at Jesuit Communications

20 Apr
2021
Feast of St Joseph the Worker

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Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St Joseph. He did so after he saw how much pressure coronavirus put on many families through anxiety,...

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28 Feb
2021
The importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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For Pope Francis the sacrament of Reconciliation has a central place in Catholic life. He refers to it frequently as one of the pillars in...

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31 Jan
2021
Attitude change needed

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Pope Francis, in his prayer intention for February, calls on us to walk with women who suffer violence and to encourage respect for women in...

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30 Dec
2020
The world is our family

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Pope Francis speaks of fraternity in a variety of contexts. For him it is much richer in meaning than friendly relationships. It refers to a...

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23 Nov
2020
Waiting for God

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In Latin, an advent is an arrival; in the Church year it is a time of waiting. In the early Church it was both. It...

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6 Oct
2020
Change of attitude needed

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Poverty is not something ‘out there’ but something that brushes up against our families and in our states. It is easy to think about poverty...

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27 Sep
2020
The meaning of Baptism

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October is for the laity’s mission in the Church – specifically we pray that by the virtue of baptism, the...

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30 Aug
2020
Praying for ourselves and our planet

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Pope Francis’ September prayer intention, that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner, sums up his ongoing...

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12 Aug
2020
Growing better societies

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When disaster threatens societies face a choice – withdraw into themselves or embrace humanitarism. Where there are disasters, disruption and conflict, people will always come...

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5 Aug
2020
Praying for those connected to the sea

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for August is for The Maritime World. We are asked to pray for all those who work and live from the sea,...

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20 Jul
2020
Friendship and resilience

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In future 2020 will be remembered by many different names. In Australia, one of them could well be the Year of Hard Times and Places....

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16 Jun
2020
Reflecting on this Refugee Week

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This year Refugee Week has been swallowed by the disruption caused by COVID-19, and by the fracturing of society in the United States. In a...

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