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Papal Reflections

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for August 2019

Schools of True Human Growth

August is the best month for taking your foot of the 'work pedal' a bit and

concentrating on family. Older member families won't be around forever, and if we

are not careful we will be left with regrets that we left things un-said. All to quickly

our children grown up and leave the nest, and if we are not careful we will have missed

out on things we wished we had shared. The 'here and now' is the best time to celebrate family life.  Family life is important.  It's within our own families that we build each other's sense of value. It's within our own families that we grow stronger. It's within the family that our children learn what is important and what isn't. This month we are invited to share Pope Francis' prayer intention, "That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly 'schools of true human growth'.”

Peace Actions for August

On 5 August 1945, Hiroshima became the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack.  On August 9th Nagasaki became the second city to be hit by an atomic bomb. The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorate the bombings every year.

Use the anniversaries as a focus for prayer reflection and action on behalf of peace and nuclear disarmament.

Join a movement such as ‘Greenpeace’ or ’Friends of the Earth’, or any other movement committed to 'putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle.'

"To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future. To remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war. To remember Hiroshima is to commit oneself to peace." Pope John Paul II, Hiroshima, Japan, 1991

URL: official Twitter page of His Holiness Pope Francis

Each month the Pope entrusts prayer intentions to his Worldwide Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer. These intentions express his great concern for humanity and the mission of the Church. His monthly prayer intention (one month is universal and the next month is for evangelization) is a global call to transform our prayer into “concrete gestures” of service. It is a monthly action plan mobilizing us to work together to build a more human and caring world.