April's intentions with the Apostleship of Prayer

The Apostleship of Prayer in Malta is sharing a new way of praying on the Pope’s Universal intentions. Through this method of prayer we allow these Pope’s intentions to challenge us and to move our lives. We are called to be consistent with what we pray for. 

The Pope's Universal Intention for April 2014 calls us to pray that governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources. 

Getting started: 

I begin by seeking silence. I close my eyes as I focus on the presence of God. I cover my eyes with the palms of my hands and simultaneously block my ears with my thumbs. For a while I listen to the sound of my breathing… 

As I calm down, I call to mind how better our world would be if we human beings were to use its resources justly and responsibly. 

Short story: 

Among the restaurants of a particular town, two competed with each other for the same clients. Both offered very good food, employed first class chefs and had very fine furniture. Their owners would exchange greetings if they happened to come across each other, but in fact were not really friends. 

One day, to his horror, the chef of one of the restaurants real-ized that he had run out of bay-leaves. He used bay-leaves to give a special flavour to some of his famous recipes. Since it was late, there were no shops open. Where to go for some bay-leaves? The owner was in a panic. He sent the chef to beg for some bay-leaves at the other restaurant, even though they were in competition with each other. 

The owner of the other restaurant was really surprised to see the opponent’s chef coming into his kitchen. “What happened? Do you need something?” The chef made his request for a handful of bay-leaves. Pretending to be sorry, the owner lied and replied that he did not have enough to share and sent the chef away empty handed. The chef was so downcast. That night, many of his clients were very disappointed by his recipes. 

The owner of the other restaurant and his chef were having a good laugh at their competitor’s misfortune. In actual fact, they had a very good supply of bay-leaves, and moreover, they also had a tree from which to pick more bay-leaves if they needed. 

Time to reflect: 

  • What does this short story teach you about the distribution of the world’s natural resources? 

  • Have you ever quarrelled so as to hold onto something, only to leave it aside as you did not need to use it? 

  • Do you find it hard to share with others? 

Let us pray: 

Oh Lord, enlighten our minds and enkindle our hearts that we may learn to use natural resources wisely and justly. 


“The natural resources of the world do not belong to any person, organization, collective, or so-called nation.”  Bryant McGill

Hands on: 

  • I will make it a point not to buy more than I need even if there are products which are cheap or available at a special price. 
  • I will seek to share with those in need whatever is not of particular use to me. 
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