September intentions of Pope Francis

Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.

"The real trouble is that those most affected by [an excessive love for oneself] – which is actually a kind of mental disorder – are people who have a lot of power. Often bosses are narcissists." (Pope Francis during a dialog with Eugenio Scalfari, founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, translated to English, Oct. 1, 2013)

Service to the poor.  That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.

When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them—some food, a place in our homes, our time—not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched. I am well aware that when someone needing food knocks at your door, you always find a way of sharing food; as the proverb says, one can always ‘add more water to the beans’! Is it possible to add more water to the beans?…Always?…And you do so with love, demonstrating that true riches consist not in materials things, but in the heart! (Pope Francis, Address during Visit to the Community at Varginha, 7/25/13)

 

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Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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