Universal intention – The world of finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Economic development needs to have a human face, so that no one will be excluded.
– Pope Francis
The story of Lazarus and the Rich Man in Luke chapter 16 may appear distant to us due to its graphic description of dogs licking the sores of Lazarus. Today, we live in a world in which we do not encounter abject poverty or if we do, we have become desensitized to it. We may recognize the problem, but we feel that the problem is too big for us to solve.
Global prosperity in terms of material wealth is the highest it has ever been in the history of humanity. Technological advances and global trade have created the wealthiest society in terms of cumulative wealth of nations. We have wealth in the stock market, we have comfortable homes, we have a wide choice of food in our kitchens, we have sleek gadgets that entertain us, and we have nice cars to take us around town. Life in the 21st century is a blessing from God.
However, inequality between the rich and the poor has been rising rapidly for the past several decades. More recently, the working-class and middle-class have been squeezed by the economic uncertainties brought by COVID-19, while the upper-class has largely been unaffected. Over the long-term future, technology is forecast to eliminate numerous jobs for the working-class which will further preclude them from participating in the economy. The environment is suffering from our over consumption of resources and lax attitude toward keeping our land, air, and water clean.
At this critical time, we reflect on our role as stewards of God’s creation and as messengers of the kingdom of God. How is God inviting us to live the Gospel message that exhorts us to care for the least among us? How can we model our lives on the lives of the early Christians, who distributed goods fairly among all? How can we be prophetic voices that inspire positive changes in our political and financial systems?
- Daniel Mascarenhas, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (United States)
This month’s focus
- The situation caused by COVID-19 in India is increasingly desperate. Please help our sisters and brothers in need. Find out more here>>
- May is National Walking Month. So we’re inviting you to take time to walk in the footsteps of the Pilgrims of England and Wales. Find out more here>>
- In May Pope Francis is calling for a Rosary Marathon, to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us to pray. Our Mission Rosary can be found here>>
- As this is the month of Mary, why not set aside some space in your home or school to create a mini shrine to Our Lady? Decorate with flowers and use it as a focal point to ask Mary our Mother to pray for us. We’d love you to share your shrines and prayers with us on our Social Media channels!
Daily Offering Prayer
Here I am Lord; words many have said to you.
Here I am, is what you say to me at the beginning of the day.
Thank you for love, grace and protection in life.
In return I offer you the prayer, joys, loves, sufferings and hopes of this day.
May all I do and say be for your greater glory.
I pray this with our Lady in this month of May,
With Jesus in the Night
Thanks Lord God for this day
For all that was good in it.
Thanks for help in getting through difficulties.
Keep safe and well in your love all I care for, near and far.
Look after with love all who have no place to rest tonight
Or who go to rest hungry.
May I help them as best I can tomorrow.
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.