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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Intercessions ~ Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

In today's Gospel, Simon Peter calls the Risen Jesus Master./ With Peter we profess a repentant love for Christ/ and accept from Jesus the work he invites us to do./ We pray to the Lord.

The Mass color today is red - a color of martyrdom./ We pray for the Church where it is hated and for the consolation of those who quietly or secretly suffer:/ the sick,/ the heavily burdened,/ and those grieved by war,/ disaster or any kind of deep sorrow./ We pray to the Lord.

It is a dangerous thing to be a child in the world./ We pray for children wherever they are threatened by harm or rejection,/ and for them to be returned quickly to safety and peace./ We pray to the Lord.

Recently/ after a time of joint prayer with Israeli and Palestinian leaders,/ Pope Francis planted an olive tree./ We ask for the little tree to grow and become fruitful/ along with the peace desires of nations./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the people and lands of Kosovo,/ Kuwait,/ Kyrgyzstan,/ Lao,/ Latvia,/ Lebanon,/ Lesotho and Liberia - with an especial remembrance of the children and the poor who live there. We pray to the Lord.

As the United States will soon celebrate Independence Day/ we thank God for his kind mercies/ and ask for our country/ inner freedom from a love of violence,/ overstated pride,/ selfishness and the hatred of those who are different./ We pray to the Lord.

We entrust to the kind promises of Jesus those who have died - mindful now of those who are from among our own families and friends./ And in a solidarity of heart,/ we intercede for those unknown to us/ those who have died even faraway./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. And let us pray that the good works of Pope Francis grow and branch out like his olive tree. And bear the fruit of peace and goodness for all.

  2. You have a great compassion for children. More so than most priests that I have come across in regular ministry. Maybe you are a great uncle and have had exposure to young children to heighten your awareness, but regardless, your rememberances are greatly appreciated.

  3. If you're going to accept the title "Father" - you better love and value children.

  4. Thanks Father Stephen! You are my spiritual rock.