Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention

for the Month of February 2021


Universal intention Violence against women

We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.


 

February 2021 Pope Video – For women who are victims of violence

 

Women. Suffering. Violence. Too often, we see these three words together in the news. As if this weren’t enough, the pandemic has caused an increase in abuse. How can we repair this damage? You can begin by responding to the call that comes to us from women who suffer any kind of violence: HELP.As Pope Francis says, “If we want a better world, that will be a peaceful home and not a battlefield, we all need to do a lot more for the dignity of each woman.” Get into action, sharing The Pope Video on all your social networks! Make the Holy Father’s message denouncing this evil reach many people.


 

February Reflection – Violence against women

 

As more survivors of sexual assault are empowered to lift their voices and share their stories, we learn more of the depth, breadth, and gravity of violence that women experience in our world. In the home, patterns of intimate partner violence and domestic abuse mar the relationships meant to be most dear and sacred between two people. And in more subtle forms, women endure the emotional violence of harassment in the workplace, the classroom, and other spheres of public life.

Through the gospels, we know this not to be a novel problem, but one to which our faith can respond. Just as Christ intervenes to block the murder of a woman by stoning (John 8:3-11), we are also compelled to action, to the prevention of violence against women. It is not sufficient to drop the stones of judgement we may or may not possess. Rather, following the example of Christ entails stepping in ourselves and rejecting the complacency of remaining a bystander.


Prayer of the Month – February 2021

 

 

Remember, O Most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Mary, in these lines, we find strength in the knowledge that your love knows no limits and your intercession is tireless in its advocacy for your children. Dear Mother, we pray you intercede, this month, on behalf of the women in our world who are suffering from violence. We pray for recourse from their affliction, healing from the trauma that they bear, and lasting peace.

Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful.

Mary, when we hear the far-too-many stories of sexual assault, domestic violence, and harassment, give us the courage to better intervene as modelled by your Son, and the compassion to better accompany survivors in their journey toward healing.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer us.

Amen.

Prayer by Raymond Moylan.

 

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