October 2016 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
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World Mission Day:
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
Almighty God, strengthen and direct, we pray, the will of all whose work it is to write what many read, and to speak where many listen. May we be bold to confront evil and injustice: understanding and compassionate of human weakness; rejecting alike the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts. May the power which is ours, for good or ill, always be used with honesty and courage, with respect and integrity, so that when all here has been written, said, and done, we may, unashamed, meet Thee face to face. Amen
--from Marquette University
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
Though St. Thérèse of Lisieux died on September 30, we celebrate her feast on October 1 since the great Bible translator and doctor of the Church, St. Jerome, is celebrated on the 30th. What a great way to begin the month of October! Especially for Apostles of Prayer because St. Thérèse is one of us. When she was twelve years old in 1885 she officially enrolled in the Apostleship of Prayer and Pope St. John Paul II named her our co-patron, along with St. Francis Xavier.
Together they are also co-patrons of the missions. They show us that all of us can be missionaries. Some go physically to other places for the work of evangelization and some of us go there spiritually through our prayers and sacrifices.
Here’s how Pope Francis put it in his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”:
“No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted. All of these encircle our world like a vital force. Sometimes it seems that our work is fruitless, but mission is not like a business transaction or investment, or even a humanitarian activity. It is not a show where we count how many people come as a result of our publicity; it is something much deeper, which escapes all measurement. It may be that the Lord uses our sacrifices to shower blessings in another part of the world which we will never visit.”
Thank you for joining St. Thérèse, St. Francis Xavier, and all Apostles of Prayer in the work of evangelization. Your prayers are essential to this work. Your donations help us get the word out in many and varied ways. God bless you!
Sincerely in the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)