Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of
Universal prayer intention‐ The Maritime World We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
August Pope Video – The Maritime World
Our society depends, probably more than many of us imagine, on the hard work of maritime workers and their families who have to face not only the dangers of nature—storms, hurricanes, etc.—but also human threats, such as piracy. Pope Francis summarizes very clearly the importance of the work of sailors and fishermen: “Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve.”
O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas, that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.
As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on life’s journey, that in heart and mind, in word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say, “Who is that the wind and sea obey Him. Bright Star of the Sea, guide us!
Below is a reflection on the Pope’s Prayer Intention for August 2020 – The Maritime World: We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
The beauty of the sunrise took my breath away. A tall fishing vessel glided over the horizon as it approached the shore. A little while later it yielded up its harvest of 153 beautiful fish. Despite the catch, the nets were not broken. (John 21:11) Fishermen had breakfast on the seashore and gave thanks for the labor of the night.