Pastor’s Corner for the Epiphany of the Lord, Year B, by Fr. Bruce Botha SJ

January: For the gift of diversity in the Church – Let us pray that the Spirit help us recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian community, and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions in the heart of the Catholic Church.

February: For the terminally ill – Let us pray that the sick who are in the final stages of life, and their families, receive the necessary medical and human care and accompaniment.

March: For new martyrs – Let us pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive.

April: For the role of womenLet us pray that the dignity and worth of women be recognized in every culture, and for an end to the discrimination they face in various parts of the world.

May: For the formation of men and women religious and seminariansLet us pray that men and women religious, and seminarians, grow in their own vocational journey through human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, that leads them to be credible witnesses of the Gospel.

June: For those fleeing their own country – Let us pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries.

July: For the pastoral care of the sick – Let us pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick grant the Lord’s strength to those who receive it and to their loved ones, and that it may become for everyone an ever more visible sign of compassion and hope.

August: For political leaders – Let us pray that political leaders be at the service of their own people, working for integral human development and the common good, taking caring of those who have lost their jobs and giving priority to the poor.

September: For the cry of the earthLet us pray that each of us listen with our hearts to the cry of the Earth and of the victims of environmental disasters and the climate crisis, making a personal commitment to care for the world we inhabit.

October: For a shared mission – Let us pray that the Church continue to sustain a synodal lifestyle in every way, as a sign of co- responsibility, promoting the participation, communion and mission shared by priests, religious and laity.

November: For those who have lost a child – Let us pray that all parents who mourn the loss of a son or daughter find support in their community, and may receive peace of heart from the Spirit of Consolation.

December: For pilgrims of hope – Let us pray that this Jubilee strengthen us in our faith, helping us to recognize the Risen Christ in the midst of our lives, transforming us into pilgrims of Christian hope.