VATICAN CITY, 29 JUL 2011 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August is: “That World Youth Day in Madrid may encourage young people throughout the world to have their lives rooted and built up in Christ”.

His mission intention is: “That Western Christians may be open to the action of the Holy Spirit and rediscover the freshness and enthusiasm of their faith”.

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  1. Patti Day says:

    The celebration of World Youth Day is a sort of anniversary for me. I pray that youth throughout the world will come together in the Holy Spirit, with Pope Benedict XVI, to proclaim their faith in the Our Lord, Jesus Christ. God bless them and keep all safe.

  2. Choirmaster says:

    So, we in the West are the object of His Holiness’s mission intention! How very prescient! I hope this line of thought continues into other areas in addition to prayer intentions.

  3. FloridaJoan says:

    The Holy Father’s mission intention for August touches my heart . I feel it is most appropriate that
    we pray for our acceptance of the actions of the Holy Spirit in our lives and that we look upon ( once again ) our Catholic faith with renewed hope. I especially like the part that emphasizes …
    ” rediscover [ing] the freshness and enthusiam of their faith . ” After much thought, How long has it been since I’ve contemplated the “freshness” , the renewing capability of my faith ! I am deeply happy and longing to be enthused in my faith ( as I think I should be) . Rehtorical question : Shouldn’t we as Christians be always enthusiastic about our faith ?! What a beautiful affirmation of our belief in the One True God and the holy teachings of Holy Mother Church. Thank you Holy Father ( for the reminder ).

    pax et bonum

  4. Lynne says:

    I’m living in SC, originally from Massachusetts. Protestants co-workers make observations about Catholics from time-to-time… The last time one of them did, specifically about Maryland was originally a Catholic settlement (and how Catholics had been banned in SC), I said that we Catholics consider SC mission territory. :-)

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