Do you pray for the Holy Father every day? As the Vicar of Christ, he bears a tremendous responsibility. Not only does he have to shepherd over a billion Catholics, many of them fallen away from or ignorant of the faith, but he also bears the weight of the world’s attention, as a frenzied media waits to pounce on his every word.
He has to deal with dissidents within the Church and hostile enemies without. He has to speak the Truth in a world that doesn’t believe truth exists. He has to teach people that they are not animals, but transcendent, immortal creatures made by God and for God. He has to instill a respect for the dignity of each human life in a world that thinks that life is cheap and easily discarded.
I could go on, but in short, Pope Francis has the hardest job in the world. He needs our prayers, and in fact, he asks for them at every opportunity. We need to praying for him daily. With that in mind, here is a short prayer that you can pray for our Holy Father.
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant Francis, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him according to Thy loving kindness in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do you pray for the pope daily? Do you have any prayers you recommend?