Would you like to participate in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network?
Follow the “Way of the Heart”
A Way to become apostles of prayer in your daily life. Nine steps designed to deepen your attachment to the Heart of Jesus. This way is proposed to all those who desire to participate more actively in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (through retreats, meetings, or perhaps conversations the nine first Fridays of the month, etc.), based on the keys for the mission that are given for each month through the prayer intentions.
1. In the beginning there was Love
I have loved you with everlasting love… (Jeremiah 31:3)
The first and most enduring word in our life of faith is the Father’s everlasting love. Es su esencia, “Dios es amor” (1Juan 4,8), no puede no amarnos. It is his essence, “God is love” (1 John 4:8); he cannot not love us. It is the principle and the foundation of our spiritual way. Our life starts by his love, is sustained by it, and one day will be received by that love. To acknowledge his love gives us the chance to love him in return.
2. The human heart, restless and needy
God, you are my God, I pine for you; my heart thirsts for you, as a land parched, dreary and waterless. (Psalm 63:1)
A pathway of faith, prayer and life for seekers, for those in spiritual need and for all who desire to receive Jesus Christ in their hearts is proposed here. It is the way of the humble, where our weakness of heart will not be a hindrance, but rather, our greatest asset, for the encounter with a God who leans toward the poor.
3. In a broken world
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:13)
The world we share is wounded by painful contradictions that cause death and suffering. Life and love are often suffocated by violence and selfishness. We have walked away from the paths of the Lord and from his project for humanity.
4. The Father sends his Son to save
See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)
The Father has not forsaken us in this broken world. He has spoken of his love many times and in various ways through the prophets, and now, in these final times he has spoken to us by his Son made man, Jesus, the Christ (cf. Hebrews 1:1). With Him we learn to recognize the Spirit of God working in this world, bringing forth something new, even in the midst of suffering and difficulties.
5. He calls us his friends
I have called you by your name, you are mine. Do not be afraid… since I regard you as precious, since you are honored and I love you. (Isaiah 43: 1 and 4)
Jesus Christ calls us his friends and invites us to a personal and intimate covenant of love with him. Friendship with him will make us see the world with his eyes, we will be one with his joys and sufferings, and we will offer ourselves to work with him for our brothers and sisters.
6. Christ abides in us
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. (John 14:20)
Out of his unlimited love for us, God desires to inhabit our hearts. He wants to dwell in each one of us. We long for this, and we ask for this with a humble heart, knowing we will never accomplish it through our own efforts. We believe this conformation with Christ is given to us in a privileged way through the Eucharist.
7. We offer our lives along with Him
This poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. … She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood. (Mark 12:43-44)
To come closer to Christ leads us to give our lives for others, as He did. We learn that in spite of our weakness and limitations, our life is useful to others. Knowing ourselves loved, chosen, and inhabited by Him dignifies us, fills us with gratitude, and enables us to respond to so much good received by offering our own life in apostolic readiness.
8. A mission of compassion
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1)
God, the Father of Jesus and our Father, wishes to make his compassion present in the world in and through us, his disciples. We are invited to make our own the Father’s loving gaze upon humanity and to act with the Heart of Jesus Christ. Through both prayer and concrete actions, we can join people from different cultures and religious traditions, people open to this Spirit, and work to relieve the suffering of those most in need.
9. A world-wide network of prayer
No peace for you, as you keep the Lord’s attention! And give him no peace either … until saving justice dawns like a bright light, and salvation like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1.6-7)
The Apostleship of Prayer is a worldwide prayer network to the service of the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions. These intentions are seen as actual challenges for humanity and for the Church.