Compassion for the World

What does the world need if not a little compassion? If you don’t mind me saying, 2020 has been a bit of a mess. I don’t need to tell you a list of all the unexpected and terrible things we’ve all endured so far, because you know. What’s amazing is that when Pope Francis chose his prayer intention for June, way back in January 2019, he seemed to know, too.

The Holy Father’s monthly prayer intention for June 2020 is:

We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the heart of Jesus.

It’s all about compassion, something that allows us to look outwards, not only focusing on our own needs, desires, and struggles, but having genuine concern for others. Compassion is what drives us to not only feel for others and their sufferings, but to act in a way that brings them comfort and relief.

nurse helps a patientYeah, our world needs a lot of compassion.

Speaking about his monthly intention, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to accompany those who suffer. “We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives,” he said. “It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.”

Not only is a person transformed when we show them compassionate love and care, but we are transformed as well. Our hearts become more like that of Christ, who teaches us how to love one another as he has loved us.

Read about Pope Francis’ message to the United States on racism and violence.