Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
for the Month of November 2021
Universal Intention – People who suffer from depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.
November 2021 Intention – We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.
If you or someone with whom you are close has suffered from depression, you might know how isolating it can be. Depression is a mental illness that touches every part of one’s life: family, work, friendships, hobbies. It can feel dark and alone. Sometimes those with depression withdraw so as not to burden others with their darkness. At other times, they are isolated by the stigmas that surround depression. Some friends may tell them, “Just get over it,” while others avoid them altogether. Jesus, however, shows us how to meet people in their suffering. He meets the blind man Bartimaeus, the woman at the well, lepers, and paralytics. They have been pushed to the margins of society, and Jesus meets them there. He gets close to them, connects with them and offers restoration. So, how can we follow Jesus’ example as we encounter those suffering from depression and burnout in our world today? How do we extend an opportunity for healing and restoration? We draw close, we connect, and we offer the Light of Christ. He is the Light that gives us hope always.
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.
Extreme exhaustion, depression, and anxiety are somhttp://popesprayerusa.net/2021/11/03/people-suffer-depression-november-pope-video/e of the most common illnesses in today’s world. Often, “sadness, apathy, and spiritual tiredness end up dominating people’s lives, which are overloaded due to the rhythm of life today.” What can we do to help people suffering from these situations? Be at their side, accompany them, and remind them that “together with the indispensable guidance of a psychologist, which is useful and effective, Jesus’ words also help.” Watch the Pope Video for this month, and if you know someone who is suffering from one of these situations, share Francis’ words with them.