Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for January

You don’t need to be much of an expert to know that the basis of most world religions are values such as love and kindness and peace by which to live our lives. So if living by a universally agreed set of values is central to all beliefs, how do we find it so difficult to get along? One of the answers seems to be a difficulty in accepting each other’s traditions, culture and rituals. We are so comfortable with our own way of doing things and our own traditions that it can be quite an uncomfortable experience to sit in someone else’s church with a different group of people doing things in a different way. This month we are asked to step outside our comfort zones and look at what other people believe with fresh eyes. Together we stand a better chance of creating a better world. Pope Francis asks us to “…. Pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.”