Praying with the Pope in February

Published on 01 Feb 2020
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Listen to the Migrants' Cries

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

Pope Francis, February 2020

Read the reflection

Three ways of putting your prayers into action this month

  • Investigate and learn about the work of the Santa Marta group, an international partnership between the church and law-enforcement agencies, that works to combat human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Think and pray about ways in which you or your parish, or worshipping community, might be able to support the work of JRS - the Jesuit Refugee Service, whose mission is to serve, accompany and advocate for refugees and displaced people. not least those held in detention. They offer several fundraising and volunteering opportunities.
  • In a parish prayer-group or activity group, take the Pope’s Intention for this month for your prayer, reflecting on it together, considering how the rest of your parish might join in praying for the Pope’s intention. Be open to hearing a call to action.
Prayer
Loving God, pour your merciful light into our troubled world.

Let it flood into the darkest shadows.

Bring salvation to the innocents who suffer under sinful abuse.

Bring conversion to the utterly lost souls who hold them captive and exploit them.

Give us all the strength to grow in the true freedom of love for you,

or each other and for our common home - Amen.