I believe it is a safe bet that Benedict XVI is praying for Francis and for WYD to be a success.  Success, of course, is difficult to define but again, I think he is praying that the Lord will be present and then the pilgrim experience will bring spiritual fruits to the participants and they will, in turn, spread the Gospel message when they return home.

I join in this prayer for World Youth day and pray that all our youth, everywhere, will come to encounter Christ in their lives.  I pray they will turn to him and the Father and follow God’s ways, not the world’s ways.  I pray the Holy Spirit will enlighten and inflame their hearts now and always.

Here is the official WYD prayer from here:

Oh Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world, and You chose men and women, so that through Him, with Him and in Him, they might proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to all nations. Grant us the necessary graces, so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the joy of being the evangelists that the Church needs in the Third Millennium may shine in the faces of all young people.

Oh Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado, welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You led us, by the Holy Spirit, to encounter the Father as His children. Young people, who are nourished by Eucharist, who hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to walk along the paths of this world as disciples and missionaries of the New Evangelization.

Oh Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and of the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, shed Your Light upon all young people so that, inspired by their experience at World Youth Day, they may bring faith, hope and charity to the four corners of the earth, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world.

Amen !

And so I also add my “Amen”.

Meanwhile, a prayer to Our Lady of Aparecida might also be in order.  This one was from Benedict when he visited Brazil

“Let us ask the Mother of God, Our Lady of Aparecida, to protect the lives of all Christians. May she, who is the Star of Evangelization, guide our steps along the path towards the heavenly Kingdom:

“Our Mother, protect the Brazilian and Latin American family!

Guard under your protective mantle the children of this beloved land that welcomes us,

As the Advocate with your Son Jesus, give to the Brazilian people constant peace and full prosperity,

Pour out upon our brothers and sisters throughout Latin America a true missionary ardour, to spread faith and hope,

Make the resounding plea that you uttered in Fatima for the conversion of sinners become a reality that transforms the life of our society,

And as you intercede, from the Shrine of Guadalupe, for the people of the Continent of Hope, bless its lands and its homes,

Amen.” “


About sisterbernice

I am a practicing Catholic in love with the Lord. Whatever his failings, I recognize the same in our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. He serves as one of my great teachers. A truly misunderstood figure, I hope all who have reviled him might actually read him and find their way to God.
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