On July 7 I will have the privilege of being present at the Million Minutes’ Celebrating Young People awards in the House of Parliament and I will have the great honour of presenting the St Josephine Bakhita award, for celebrating human dignity.
Young people are often seen and not listened to. They get shut out of decision-making, stereotyped, and scapegoated for society’s problems. Young people’s energy and vibrancy shouldn’t be underestimated. They care about the future. They can change the future for the good of all.
Million Minutes wants to enable young people to be the ones to build a world based on the principles at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching – the principles of dignity and equality, of service to the poor and the oppressed, of care for the world and the promotion of peace and solidarity.
Also, please remember the Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly which falls on the weekend of July 23 and 24.
The Holy Father has also granted the faithful the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence on July 25 by devoting adequate time to actually or virtually visit elderly people in need or in difficulty (such as the sick, the abandoned, the disabled and other similar cases).
I thank You, Lord,
for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness,
You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!
I thank You for having given me a family
and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty,
for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for
those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You
Increase, O Lord, my faith,
make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming
and to tell of your wonders to new generations.
Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.
Sustain me in weakness
and help me to live life to the full
in each moment that You give me,
in the certainty that you are with me every day,
even until the end of the age.
In blessed hope