Pope Francis has released his prayer intention for the month of October and invited everyone to embrace listening and dialogue through the Synod on Synodality that begins today. Source: Vatican News.
“Let us pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a style of life at every level, allowing herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the world’s peripheries,” the Pope said in the Pope Video for October.
In the video, produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Francis reflected on how the synodal dynamic carries forward the Church’s missionary vocation.
“Through prayer and discernment, the Holy Spirit helps us carry out the “apostolate of the ear,” that is, listening with God’s ears in order to speak with the word of God,” he said, noting that, “Thus, we draw near to the heart of Christ. Our mission and the voice that draws us to him spring from him.”
Pope Francis concludes the video, saying, “This voice reveals to us that the heart of mission is to reach out to everyone, to seek everyone, to welcome everyone, to involve everyone, without excluding anyone” and inviting all believers to pray for the Church during the Synod “that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a style of life at every level, allowing herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the world’s peripheries.”
Pope’s October prayer intention: ‘For the Synod’ (Vatican News)