Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

From the Beautiful Roman Liturgy

This is the second preface to the Eucharistic Prayer for the season of Lent. It is absolutely beautiful, and has been the choice of the priests at all the Masses I have heard so far this Lent.

"Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
This great season of grace is your gift to your family to renew us in spirit.
You give us strength to purify our hearts, to control our desires,
and so to serve you in freedom.
You teach us how to live in this passing world
with our heart set on the world that will never end.
Now, with all the saints and angels, we praise you forever:
Holy, holy, holy Lord..."

Heavenly Father, purify our hearts, we pray, and help us to control our desires, rather than be controlled by them, so that we may live in freedom in this passing world until we arrive safely in the world without end. Amen.

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