Fr David Stewart SJ

PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN AUGUST – FOR THOSE AT SEA.This most extraordinary year of pain and suffering continues into the late summer, in this hemisphere, extraordinary in many ways but not least that its global pandemic is affecting, almost certainly, every single human on the face of the earth. It makes you think of that powerful contemplation of St.Ignatius Loyola, in the Spiritual Exercises, in which he invites you to imagine how the Blessed Trinity gazes timelessly down on the whole globe,...
ACCOMPANY FAMILIES WITH LOVE, RESPECT & GUIDANCEAs we passed the year’s longest day last month, many families felt that this was the longest year ever as so many suffered at various levels from the effects of the pandemic. Families grieved the loss of beloved elders and loved ones while enduring job losses and economic uncertainty. At the invitation of the Pope, in June we contemplated the wounded side of the Saviour and took solace and strength from the blood and water that flowed from his...
June has, for a long time, been the month of particular devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs usually around half-way through the month, nineteen days after Pentecost, while, every year, many individuals and parishes pray a Sacred Heart Novena; a period of nine days, with a structured prayer each day. People understand instinctively that there...
This Novena was written by Fr David Stewart SJ for the Dublin Messanger NOVENA   How to pray this Novena: Set aside about ten minutes each day. Take your time over the words you read. Linger over a word or a phrase. Think about its meaning. Share your feelings with Jesus. And wait quietly to see what comes into your mind and heart. Blessed John Sullivan tells us that God is delighted to see us, even if we don’t know what to say. God has our best interests at...
JUNE’S PRAYER INTENTIONThis month, Pope Francis takes us to a fundamental aspect of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, since its earliest days as the Apostleship of Prayer. At its beginning, over 175 years ago, and ever since, this ministry has been rooted in devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart. This month, during which the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, the Pope asks that “We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by...
In The Pope Video for May, the Holy Father brings to the fore a special figure within the clergy—deacons—and asks us to pray that they may be “an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.”(Vatican City, May 5, 2020) – The new Pope Video has just been published, as it is each month, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. On this occasion, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church”...
A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
We pray with the Pope each month, sharing his specific Intention for the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.  The pandemic that is sweeping the world at the moment is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has faced. It is, as this piece is being written, already causing numerous events and publications to be out-of-date and this Monthly Reflection, also prepared in advance, is likely to be somewhat redundant by the time you’re reading it in your diocesan...
This reflection is by Fr David Stewart SJ, National Director of the Pope's Global Prayer NetworkMarch’s Intention of the Holy Father, offered to the whole church and all people of good will through his own worldwide prayer-group, coincides with the 40th anniversary this month of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero. It comes also as we suffer with the people of China, devastated by the outbreak of the Corona virus; innocent lives shattered, so many lives lost. The Pope asks us to pray this...
Watch the latest Pope Video herePOPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY - reflection by Fr David Stewart SJAn urgent and tragic aspect of human life today is the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters who have been forced to become refugees. A particularly harrowing dimension of this tragedy is illegal human trafficking. In his prayer Intention for February, Pope Francis asks us to confront this reality that faces contemporary humanity, asking us to “Listen to the Migrants'...

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