Believers know that persevering, united prayer can attain everything. The Pope has often stressed trust in the power of prayer, and each month asks us to pray for particular intentions . At the same time, prayer and action are inseparable: the intentions of our prayer overflow in intense apostolic work in various settings. Therefore from the mid-1950s Saint Josemaría began to set out a monthly intention that would be the aim of the prayer, study and apostolic efforts of many people. Saint Josemaría wanted everyone to take personal responsibility for the needs of the Work, the Church and the world, and to pray and work all together.
Intention from 2 October 2021 to 2 October 2022
Besides being united to the intentions of the Holy Father, the Prelate invites the faithful of Opus Dei and their friends to pray for the following intention from October 2, 2021 to October 2, 2022:
Let us pray for the plans for a renewed apostolic impulse and coordination of our apostolic activities, which are being developed in various circumscriptions of the Work (cfr. Letter from the Prelate, 30 January 2021). We can contribute to this with our own apostolic plans and initiatives, being open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. By developing our personal talents in the place where we are, we act as Christian leaven. Jesus is the Lord of History, and he is relying on each of us to renew the world.
Regional Intention for East and Southern Africa from 17 April 2022 to 2 October 2022
"Lay people have their own way of contributing to the holiness and apostolate of the Church. They do so by their free and responsible action within the temporal sphere to which they bring the leaven of Christianity" (St. Josemaría Escrivá in an interview with L’Osservatore della Dominica, 19 May, 1968). For us to be truly leaven of sanctity in society, we need to stay united to Christ. Therefore, let us strive to take better care each day of our spiritual plan of life, which will allow God's transforming grace to act in us. Our love for God will then overflow to those around us and the whole of society.