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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sunday Intercessions ~ Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

El Greco ~ Saint Francis Meditating

Pope Paul the 6th spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on October 4th, 1965./ He said, "War never again; never again war."/ We pray boldly/ asking God for the conversion of human hearts to the things of justice,/ which creates peace./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray to stop blaming others for the threats to marriage and family life./ We pray rather,/ that we would know ourselves interiorly/ and set out to find healing where selfishness tires,/ strains and ruins family relationships./ We pray to the Lord.

The Feast of Saint Francis is this Friday./ Francis would be more readily found with lepers than with birds./ We pray to understand the saints rightly/ asking for new and brave hearts that follow Jesus more deeply,/ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for that true religious freedom which is interior./ For freedom from self-pity,/ addictions,/ ingratitude,/ hurtful impatience,/ and those actions which leave others lonely and unattended./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask God for the good health we need to do our work and to love our families./ We pray in solidarity with the sick,/ the wounded,/ the dying/and those with special needs and challenges./ We pray to the Lord.

We remember the dead/ asking Jesus to welcome them into the heavenly banquet/ which is reflected here at Mass today./ We pray in a particular way for those who have died this week in wars/ by violence or catastrophe./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. All good points to remember not only this week at Mass, but to keep close to us throughout the week. We should remember to focus on our own famililies and marriages, working to keep them whole and intact; worrying less about the lives of others who may not follow the traditional route to love. Is it any less important where love within a family is concerned? It is the breakup of the family that we should focus on, not on those who are bringing unity into the world. I understand if you may not be able to agree, I would gather that most would not.

  2. The threats to marriage: selfishness, lack of communication, materialism, pride, inflated ego...
    In a selfish world I'm glad for love wherever it's found.

    1. This is pleasing to hear, and surprising as well, coming from a member of the Catholic clergy. Thank you for your candid response. My prayer is for others to open their hearts and minds.

  3. I have come to look forward to these Sunday Intercessions every week. I find that they pinpoint exactly what we should be remembering to pray for. Things we would not necessarily think to concentrate on if left to our own thoughts.