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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.


4 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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

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

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