This June, Pope Francis invites us to pray for the beauty of marriage. It is the Church’s desire for today’s generation to see the value of having a strong, loving, and Christ-
“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion,” Pope Francis said in 2013. “Is it out of fashion? In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring,” he added. (Read: Your Top 5 Wedding Questions – Answered!)
This is why, for this month’s prayer intention, Pope Francis calls on us to “rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, of true love.” Amid fears about the sanctity of marriage, Pope Francis is here to tell you: “I have confidence in you and I pray for you.”
Prayer for a Christ-Centered Marriage
Today, we give our marriages to You. Forgive us for putting them and our spouses before You. Forgive us for putting ourselves as well as our desires and plans for the future before You and Yours.
Search our hearts, Lord. Convict us and clear out all the hardness and ick that is clogging up the flow of Love in our lives. Reset our relationship with You. Restore our hope in Jesus Christ and open our minds and hearts to the healing truth that only He can rush into our lives in these moments of madness.
Give us the strength to be brave. Replace the fear of what might happen and what the future might hold with Christ-centered courage.
We can’t be strong right now. We are broken and barely breathing. But You, the living God, in us, are our strength.
Through the Holy Spirit of the One True God, empower us with humility, gentleness, patience, peace, and unity. Curb our anger from morphing into bitterness and hatred. Forgive us for the times we lose our tempers and our sanity towards our spouse.
Prayer from crosswalk.org.