Praying with the pope in March

Published on 01 Mar 2018
Sheep on mountain path

Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment 

That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

Pope Francis, March 2018


Father of all Goodness,

send on each of us

your Holy Spirit, a spirit of understanding and wisdom,

which helps us to look at the present with gratitude and the future with hope.

Help us to free ourselves from discouragement and from all kinds of resistance,

opening us with courage and creativity

to what the Church and the world need most.

Grow in us the desire of discernment,

so that our communities can be places of sharing and dialogue,

witnesses of your charity and able to respond with generosity

to what you ask us in each moment.

Our Father...

Practical guide

  • Seek, throughout this month, to meditate on the events of the present, on a personal and community level, and discern in them the ways in which God wants to speak. Thank God for what goes well, what bears fruit…Evaluate what needs to change…
  • Ask for the grace of inner freedom, questioning without fear types of statements that can block a true process of discernment, such as: "it's always been done" or "it's no longer worth it."
  • Organize, in the community or institutions, a moment of prayer and sharing about the benefits of discernment and how it can bring forth ideas for future action. What concrete steps need to be taken and what continuity can be given to these processes?

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