Pope’s October prayer

Pope’s October prayer intention: …


Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of October,
calling on everyone to pray that all Christians might be a missionary
disciples and open to the demands of the Church’s evangelising mission.
“Jesus asks us all, and you as well, to be missionary disciples. Are you
ready?”


The Pope said we are all invited to be open to Jesus’ call and to live
united to Him in the mundane events of our daily lives. “Work, meeting
other people, our daily duties, and the chance events of each day”: These
are the opportunities we have to allow ourselves to be “guided by the
Holy Spirit,” said the Pope. He said other people easily take notice when
our every action is motivated by Christ. “And your testimony of life will
inspire admiration, and admiration inspires others to ask themselves,
‘How is it possible for this person to be this way?’ ‘What is the source of
the love with which this person treats everyone —the kindness and good
humour?’”


Availability for the mission:

Pope Francis also recalled that the mission
is evangelisation and not proselytism.“The mission is based on an
encounter between people, on the testimony of men and women who say,
‘I know Jesus, and I’d like you to know Him too’,” he said. The Pope then
urged all baptised Christians to be open to the demands of the Gospel.
“Let us pray that every baptised person may be engaged in
evangelisation, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that
has the flavour of the Gospel,” he said.

Synodal and missionary Church:

A press release accompanying The
Pope Video, which is prepared by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network,
noted that the October intention comes during the same month in which
the synodal process begins and World Mission Day is celebrated. The
Synod process kicks off on 10 October, and will launch a call for all
Catholics to walk together as the “pilgrim and missionary people of
God. ”According to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops,
Cardinal Mario Grech, a “synodal Church cannot be other than a
missionary Church, because the mission necessarily starts with the
dynamism of mutual listening.”

Discernment of the Spirit:

Another aspect of Pope Francis’ prayer
intention for October is the invitation to “discern and recognise how the
Spirit of the Lord is calling us to face the challenges facing humanity and
the mission of the Church.”Fr. Frederic Fornos, SJ, International Director
of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, said the Pope is inviting all
Christians to participate in that discernment process by rooting our
actions in prayer.

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