Prayer for the Month: Hope against Hope
We live in a time of excruciating problems, with violence, terrorism and war all around us. How do we move forward in the face of such opposition and in the midst of so many casualties? Are there grounds for hope?
There may be no clear answers to these questions, but there are people who keep going, hoping against all hope. One such man was Dom Helder Camara, a bishop in north-east Brazil. 'Put your ear to the ground,' he wrote, 'and listen: hurried, worried footsteps, bitterness, rebellion. Hope hasn't yet begun. Listen again. Put out feelers. The Lord is there. He is far less likely to abandon us in hardship than in times of ease.'
Jesus lived in a time of violence and oppression, but he refused to answer blow with blow, seeking rather to reconcile those who were enemies. 'You have heard how it was said, you will love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your father in heaven' (Mt.5:43-44)
Your Daily Prayer
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of
Mary, I offer you the prayers, works, joys and
sufferings of this day for all the intentions of
your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy
sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.
I pray with Mary and the whole Church
For the Pope's intentions this month.
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"Reflection for the Month" on the Pope's intention is taken from a calendar/booklet called "Living Prayer" published by Messenger of the Sacred Heart
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