Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention

for the Month of June 2021

 Intention for Evangelization: The Beauty of Marriage
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.


June 2021 Reflection – The Beauty of Marriage»»


Guest Author

Marriage is a tremendously beautiful Christian vocation meant to reflect that eternal and infinite faithfulness that Christ has for His Church (Ephesians 5:32).  It is also a vocation, like every vocation, made up of the concrete ups and downs, joys and struggles of every-day life.  In order to reach the goal of profound Christian witness in marriage, especially in today’s cultural context, young people need to prepare seriously before entering this call, so that they can live its gifts and challenges faithfully.

If we think of the wisdom of the Church’s practice, we notice that all those moments that introduce us into a vocation are accompanied by formation in the Church’s community.  The Sacrament of Baptism is either followed (for children) or preceded (for adults) by serious catechesis; the Sacrament of Holy Orders is only received after many years of training.  Those entering consecrated life only pronounce their vows after a special time of formation called “novitiate.”  Why should marriage be any different?

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The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges facing humanity.

June 2021 Pope Video: The Beauty of Marriage

Some people say that marriage has gone out of style and that these days aren’t the right time to undertake the adventure of getting married. And yes, it’s an adventure, a great adventure—or, as Francis says, “a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort.” In order to get married, as when preparing for any journey, you need to prepare yourself well. You need to understand that “marriage isn’t just a ‘social’ act; it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart,” as the Pope says in this month’s video. Go ahead and share this message of joy that reminds us that “sharing one’s life is something beautiful.”


Prayer of the Month – June 2021

Lord our God, you established marriage
as one of your first gifts to the human family,
and you sanctified it with your Son’s presence at the wedding feast in Cana.
You consecrated this bond of one man and one woman
as a Sacrament in your Church – a Sacrament that opens the door to a vocation
meant for the good of the couple, their children, and the whole world.

Lord, help us to recognize your plan for marriage as the gift it is,
showing us the way upon which you call so many people to holiness,
by living spousal love in family life with generosity, faithfulness, and patience.

Look especially with mercy on young people preparing for marriage, Lord,
and grant them the wisdom and courage to embrace your plan in full,
helping them by formation in their families of origin, among their friends,
and especially in the Church community.

May all young people live their marriage in a way
that truly reflects your unending love for the Church.  Amen.

  • Prayer by Fr. Andrij Hlabse, S.J.


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