Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apostleship of Prayer

I have recently discovered a great resource for children and families, and well, basically everybody! It is called the Apostleship of Prayer. Their website describes it as the pope's own "prayer group" and joining it is a great way to enrich your prayer life and be closer to God. They encourage a daily offering of oneself to God, praying for the pope's monthly intentions, and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. If you haven't already done so, remember that today is the day to begin the Sacred Heart novena!

One of my favorite parts of their website is their children's page. They have monthly reflections and activities that are written specifically for children ages 3 -12, as well as other prayer resources. The reflections are extremely well done and I would recommend them to families, Sunday school teachers, and Catholic school teachers. There are only a couple days left in May, but this month's intentions are seminarians and administrators of justice. There are also resources for teens and adults.

Being a part of the Apostleship of Prayer is quite simple. As they put it,  "to become a member of the Apostleship of Prayer, you need only to offer yourself to God for his purposes each day. When you give God all the 'prayers, works, joys, and sufferings' of your day, you turn your entire day into a prayer for others. You are joining your will to God's will." You can sign up for free on the website, and they will send you an annual leaflet announcing the pope's intentions for that year. I really encourage you to check it out and sign up!

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