Intention for evangelization – The Church
Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.
Church on the Way The Pope’s Video
The Church is a living thing. Like all living things, it is constantly transforming itself. In this process of change, it may encounter difficulties, but it never forgets its evangelizing identity. Renewal of the Church, the Holy Father tells us, is guided by the Holy Spirit and begins with “a reform of ourselves, without prefabricated ideas, without ideological prejudices, without rigidity.” Let us join Francis’s dream of a Church with “an even more missionary option: that it go out to meet others without proselytism and that it transform all its structures for the evangelization of today’s world.” If you share this dream, share the Pope’s message with all those who want to progress along the path which he is showing us. “The specific vocation of the Church is evangelization, which isn’t proselytism, no. Its vocation is evangelization; even more, the Church’s identity is evangelization. We can only renew the Church by discerning God’s will in our daily life and embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit. Our own reform as persons is that transformation. Allowing the Holy Spirit, the gift of God in our hearts, remind us what Jesus taught and help us put it into practice. Let us begin reforming the Church with a reform of ourselves, without prefabricated ideas, without ideological prejudices, without rigidity, but rather by moving forward based on spiritual experience —an experience of prayer, an experience of charity, an experience of service. I dream of an even more missionary option: one that goes out to meet others without proselytism and that transforms all its structures for the evangelization of today’s world. Let us remember that the Church always has difficulties, always is in crisis, because she’s alive. Living things go through crises. Only the dead don’t have crises. Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.”
Philip Kosloski on the Church’s Renewal:
The Church is always in need of renewal, as it is comprised of fallen human beings who strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ.
This is not only a personal renewal, but also an “ecclesial” renewal, guided by the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis wrote about this in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
“Pope Paul VI invited us to deepen the call to renewal and to make it clear that renewal does not only concern individuals but the entire Church…The Second Vatican Council presented ecclesial conversion as openness to a constant self-renewal born of fidelity to Jesus Christ: ‘Every renewal of the Church essentially consists in an increase of fidelity to her own calling… Christ summons the Church as she goes her pilgrim way… to that continual reformation of which she always has need, in so far as she is a human institution here on earth.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 26)
This renewal does not mean the Church needs to abandon its past or moral teachings, but to dig deeper into it and soak herself in the rich soil of the Gospel.
Pope Francis sees this renewal as being more “mission-oriented,” making “ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open” (Evangelii Gaudium, 27)
This type of renewal seeks to encompass the whole world with the Gospel, fulfilling Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to all nations.
May we do our part by seeking personal renewal in our hearts, always seeking to live by what is true, good and beautiful, united to God’s holy commandments.
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) addresses the challenges facing humanity and assists the mission of the Church. We pray and work to meet the challenges of the world identified by the Pope in his monthly intentions, while walking a spiritual path called the “Way of the Heart.”
What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions?
The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions in each country to their national office, which selects some of them and sends those to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Vatican City. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Pope to help his discernment. After his prayer and discernment he entrusts to the International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which are then translated into the major world languages and published in print and digital formats.