Prayer Intentions 2018
Our task, as Pope John Paul II in Novo Millennio Ineunte wrote, is “to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium. “Without prayer our work will become sterile and mundane, lacking vitality and joy. With prayer, our work becomes a vocation; our offices a place of joy, of fraternal love, a place where we proclaim the joy of the gospel to each other and to the world. “Our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love”. Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s plan.” (NMI, 33)
– Excerpts from Archbishop William’s pastoral letter, An Invitation to Prayer at Work
As Church, let us join Archbishop William in praying for these intentions on his heart!
January: Inter-religious Peace and Freedom
That inter-religious dialogue will bear fruit in a greater understanding and respect amongst the different faiths.
February: Selfless Leaders
That as Church, we will raise up a generation of leaders who have the vision, humility, and heart to serve the needs of all peoples.
March: Formed Disciples & Communities
That Church organisations, parishes and individuals recognise the need for ongoing spiritual formation so as to grow in discipleship and evangelisation.
April: Inclusive Society
That world leaders will recognise the dignity of the human person in the poor and marginalised and create pathways for them to be accepted and integrated into the society.
May: Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful recognise their call to participate in the Great Commission and present the truth in creative and dynamic ways.
June: Social Networks
That social networks be places where bridges of friendships are built where the truth is proclaimed with love.
That priests be shepherds after the Lord’s heart, and nurture a devotion to Our Lady to guide them in times of struggle and challenge in their ministry.
August: Singapore, Our Nation
That the prosperity of peoples, assurance of peace, freedom of religion be made secure through those who govern us with authority.
September: Care of Creation
That all Christians will pray and respond to the urgent call of stewarding the Earth.
That young people will have a personal encounter with the Lord and not be afraid to discover God’s call in their lives.
November: Family, the Bedrock of Society
That husbands and wives recognise the importance of family as the bedrock of society and nurture authentic relationships in family life.
That Religious, Parents, Catechists who are transmitting the faith will present the Good News in relevant and engaging ways.