Sebastian Mukalel, SJ
The Apostleship of Prayer began in France in 1844. A group of young Jesuit scholastics, in the midst of their theological studies dreamed of being missionaries in faraway lands. They discussed how they could be useful to the missionaries and to proclaim Gospel to the people. Their Spiritual Father showed them how to do that through their prayer. He taught them to unite their studies and all they did, with the work of those faraway missionaries. They would offer each day to the Father in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the good of all the people. In this way their prayers, deeds, and even their sufferings became useful for the missions. Without leaving their house and without seeing the fruits of their prayers, they would be supporting with their daily life the missionary work of the Church.
B. Means and practices:
1. An easy way of praying for others is the daily morning offering of one’s own life, joys and sorrows, work, etc., with the specific mention of Monthly intentions of Pope. This could be said as soon as one gets up or every day before Mass. The monthly intentions of the Pope is given in every Diocesan News Letter in every month
2.Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Holy hour, Friday devotion, consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus of us and our houses, etc.
3. Inculcating personal love for the Holy Eucharist through visiting chapel, actively taking part in Holy Eucharist, and receiving Holy Communion etc.
C. Our activities in the Province
1. ‘Apostleship of Prayer’ leaflets in English are regularly distributed to different parishes in Delhi province.
2. Similarly copies of the ‘Cruz Vir’ magazine are also distributed among the catechism children in every Jesuit parish in Delhi Province. Children eagerly take to read the ‘Cruz Vir’ because of colour pictures and stories.
3. Periodically the Province Director of the Apostleship Prayer visits the Jesuit parishes in Delhi Province to meet the catechism children in order to share with them the richness of actively living out the ‘Apostleship of Prayer’.