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.
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.”
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.