Friends of the Rosary:
Today, we join in our prayer the hundreds of thousands of young people participating in World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, a faith event that began on August 1 and will last until this Sunday, August 6th.
A high number of youngsters witness that true faith is still alive despite the decline in the practice of religion in our secularized world. The high turnout is a sign of hope.
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of August is for World Youth Day (WYD).
Pope Francis explained in a promotional video — see it below — why he chose the theme “Mary arose and went with haste” for this WYD.
“Because as soon as Mary knew she was going to be the mother of God, she didn’t stay there taking a selfie or showing off. The first thing she did was to set out on a journey, in haste, to serve, to help. You too have to learn from her to set out on a journey to help others,” he explained in the video.
Pope Francis shared that he hopes to see “a seed for the world’s future” in Lisbon. “A world where love is at the center, where we can sense that we are sisters and brothers. We are at war; we need something else. A world that is not afraid of witnessing the Gospel. A joyful world — because if we Christians have no joy, we are not credible, no one will believe us.”
The video concludes with a prayer: “Let us pray that the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help us young people to set out on the journey, witnessing the Gospel with our own lives.”
Jesus, I Trust In You!
To Jesus through Mary!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York