Pope’s Monthly Intention May 2021
The world of finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Lord Jesus, Son of the Father, who defended the poor:
submitted by the economic injustices of Your time,
we present before You our brothers, who suffer
the negative consequences of a financial economy,
that fuels speculation without work and stifles the real
economy centred on working people.
We are outraged by this injustice that sinks the most fragile!
May your Spirit soften the hearts of those responsible for this situation
to use power to protect and care for the underprivileged.
And give us a big heart to share
the fruit of our work, alleviating suffering.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who is giving himself for me and who comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit make me his friend and apostle,
available for his mission of compassion.
I place in your hands my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings, everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this Worldwide Prayer Network.
With Mary, I offer you my day for the mission of the Church
and for the prayer intentions of the Pope and my Bishop for this month.
Living with a happy sobriety:
The constant accumulation of possibilities to consume distracts the heart and prevents us from valuing each thing and each moment” (Pope Francis). Stop to recognise and value the things you have. Francis invites us to: “Value the small, be grateful for the possibilities that life offers without clinging to what we have or being sad about what we do not have” (Laudato Si, 222).
Share your goods:
Pope Francis states: “economic institutions and social channels are not being developed quickly enough to allow the poorest to have regular access to basic resources” (Laudato Si, 109). Look for a charitiable organization or institution with which you can collaborate at this time through a donation to help support their activities.
Act for the common good:
Pope Francis states: “An integral ecology implies dedicating some time to recover the serene harmony with creation, to reflect on our lifestyle and our ideals” (Laudato Si 225). Reflect and propose ways that you can collaborate in the care of our common home. Find out about actions you can take to take care of the environment and work for an integral ecology.
Use money wisely:
Pope Francis states: “since the market tends to create a compulsive consumer mechanism to place its products, people end up immersed in the whirlpool of unnecessary purchases and expenses” (Laudato Si 203).
Take some time to think about what you spend your money on every day. What things do you spend the most money on and how could you financially help those who need it most?