adopt a cardinal

Feb 24, 2013

Often it helps to pray not only in a general way (ie for the cardinals as they prepare to gather in conclave to elect a new pope), but to pray in a specific way, that is, for a specific cardinal, that he might be able to discern the will of the Holy Spirit as he prepares to cast a vote next month.

YOUCAT this morning sent a message to readers inviting them to go to this link to adopt a cardinal – that is to (while continuing to pray for all cardinals) to pray especially for one of those who will be in the conclave to discern the will of the Holy Spirit.
As you do this you might use the prayer that Cardinal Ratzinger used to conclude his homily just before the last conclave. (I have changed the name in this prayer from Pope John Paul to Pope Benedict to make it an appropriate prayer for these days)

In this moment, 
let us ask our Lord insistently that, 
after the great gift of Pope Benedict XVI, 
he will again give us a pastor 
according to his heart, 
a pastor who will lead us  
to knowledge of Christ, 
to his love, to true joy.
Amen.



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