Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Intercessions ~ The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Give strength and hope to the people around the world who live each day with war and violence./ And holding the people of Ukraine in our prayer/ let us not forget the gospel-way of reconciliation and peace-making./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our families and friends/ mindful of those who are anguished by doubt,/ fear,/ sickness,/ money or relationship problems./ We ask for their consolation and restored hope./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the countries of Afghanistan,/ Albania,/ Algeria,/ American Samoa,/ Andorra and Angola./ We ask for the people of these countries:/ peace,/ good health,/ safety and well-being./ We pray to the Lord.

The Olympic games continue in Sochi./ We pray again for the safety and well-being of all who gather there/ with hopes that this time of shared sport will nudge the world a little bit/ into a new era of understanding and reconciliation./ We pray to the Lord.

It is a difficult and even perilous thing to be a Christian in many parts of the world today./ We hold these Christians in our Mass-prayer today/ asking for all we need to continue clinging to Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

From space our planet is a lovely green,/ blue and white sphere./ Looking closely/ we see much of it is wasted,/ polluted,/ and destroyed by war and exploitation./ We ask for a change of heart and the insight to cherish our God-given paradise./ We pray to the Lord.

In praying for those who have died/ we ask for the gift of trust - that God will fulfill his promises in bringing all of creation to the the fullness of life and love./ We pray to the Lord.

NB: We can intercede for the nations of the world - in alphabetical order - six each Sunday. We might be prompted to research where some of them are, or who they are.


  1. Thank you for sharing these each week. We are glad to have them for each Sunday. May God bless you and your efforts to blend traditional values into our modern world.

  2. Amen! And I am grateful for the opportunity and the many folks who join in the prayer. God be with you!

  3. We are the grateful ones Father Morris and are happy to join in prayer with you. Sometimes we feel as though everyone is giving up their Catholic values, and then we read your blog and comments and know we are mistaken. So thank you for all the prayers and your spiritual thoughts.

  4. I can can only add positive comments to those already here. This site is beautiful and when I find myself in need of some serenity, I pull up a Rosary page or a post that I have added to my favorites list. So I too am thankful for your thoughts and I hope there are many more to come. It is a joy to read.