Praying with the Pope in August

Published on 01 Aug 2019
A family with three children hand in hand

Families, Schools of Human Growth

That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human growth"

Pope Francis, August 2019

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Proposals for the Month

  • Have a conversation with your spouse and/or with educators, about how they are educating children in a logic of openness to others, solidarity, sharing, respect and forgiveness. What aspects need to be improved? What can be done to help families that are struggling?
  • As a family, throughout this month, try to pray weekly with one another. For example: Pray before an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lighting a candle for each family member and entrusting your family to his love.
  • In your community, promote a training meeting on the challenges that education poses in families today and how to find concrete ways to grow in prayer and love.


Lord Jesus, you were born in the bosom of the Holy Family,

a place filled with love, listening to your Father’s will

and placing yourself in availability to do it.

We pray to you, in union with Pope Francis,

for all families, so that they will always feel your presence,

learn your gestures of love and compassion

and be a sign of your Kingdom in the world.

We pray in particular for families who are experiencing difficulties,

so they can find those who can help them

and persevere through trials with peace.

Our Father...