Every month the Holy See publishes the Holy Father’s special intentions for that month so we can pray with him. There is always a general prayer intention and a mission intention. The intentions for July are:
Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for July is: “That Christ may ease the physical and spiritual sufferings of those who are sick with AIDS, especially in the poorest countries”.
His mission intention is: “That religious women in mission territories may be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and living signs of the love of Christ”.
How about pausing right now, and pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be for these intentions?
Today is also the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a feast that recalls God’s love for us as reflected by his Sacred Heart and that the Heart of Jesus was pierced that the Church might be formed from the side of Christ: