Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Pope Francis’ June Prayer intention: ‘The beauty of Marriage.’ "Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community..." FULL TEXT + Video



Pope Francis’ June prayer intention: ‘The beauty of Marriage.’
Pope Francis released his prayer intention for the month of June:
"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."

Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage, and its centrality in the life of the Church and of those who undertake this path.
The announcement recalls that the Church is celebrating the “Special Year of the Family”, which started on March 19th, 2021.
Marriage rates, explains the statement, have plummeted around the world since 1972, while divorce rates have skyrocketed and the age at which people marry has grown steadily.
In this context, the Church is called to accompany young people as they discover their vocation to marriage.

The full text of the Pope's prayer intention is below:
Is it true, what some people say—that young people don’t want to get married, especially during these difficult times? Getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful.
It’s a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort. And on this life-long journey, the husband and wife aren’t alone; Jesus accompanies them. Marriage isn’t just a “social” act; it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart; it’s a conscious decision for the rest of one’s life that requires specific preparation.
Please, never forget this. God has a dream for us —love— and He asks us to make it our own. Let us make our own the love which is God’s dream for us.
And 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. Because a great deal of patience is necessary in order to love. But it’s worth it, eh?

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