Praying with the pope in December
In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Pope Francis, December 2018
Three invitations or challenges for December
1: Reflect: during this month, dedicate a time to reflect on the ways in which faith is transmitted in your community, the language and methods used and in particular how it is received by younger people.
2: Accept the challenge of helping others in your family, and parish community, to prepare for Christmas, meditating on the Word of God, devoting time to prayer and to the central theme of this liturgical time; how can you adapt your language to touch them with the good news that does not change?
3: Make a point of spending time with family and friends to talk and reflect about the meaning of Christmas, the meaning of the manger and the presence of Jesus in everyone's life, especially at home. It can so easily get lost in the rush of these December weeks.
You sent your disciples to announce the Good News to all the places of the world, in different languages,
in different times and to different cultures. Through your Spirit,
you inspired many people to transmit the faith so that everyone can understand it and embrace it.
Today, Lord, I/we pray, with the Holy Father,
for all those who are given the task and mission of proclaiming the Gospel in their own communities.
May they, through their words and gestures, be witnesses of your love.