(When, for instance, we pray the rosary and say the prayers at the end for the intentions of the Holy Father, these are the intentions for which we're praying.)
Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for December 2009 is "That children may be respected and loved and never be the victims of exploitation in its various forms."
For those of us who are parents, we might add the Prayer of Parents for Their Children to our prayers this month.
The Holy Father's mission intention for December 2009 is "That at Christmas the peoples of the earth may recognise in the Word Incarnate the light which illuminates every man, and that the nations may open their doors to Christ, the Saviour of the world."
The first coming of Christ at Christmas is itself a foreshadowing of His Second Coming at the end of time.
As Christians, it is our duty to bring His Gospel to all nations, and as we prepare during this Advent season for Christmas, we should keep in our prayers those who do not yet know Christ.
Two very good places to start are A Prayer for Unbelievers and A Prayer for Those in Error.
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