|Cimabue ~ Saint Francis of Assisi|
Saturday is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi/ who called his followers little brothers./ We pray for the Church to have a Franciscan Heart/ making room for the littlest and the weakest/ And for our pope, who has taken the name Francis./ We pray to the Lord.
Middle Eastern Christianity is disappearing by war's destruction and militant persecution./ We pray for these believers to remain persevering while immersed in great suffering./ We pray to the Lord.
There are little island-nations which are only a few meters above sea level./ We ask for the great global powers to care about these countries/ so vulnerable before the threats of man-made climate change./ We pray to the Lord.
A European woman in Africa/ whose job is to lead burial teams of Ebola victims/ claims the dead are in the many thousands and increasing everyday./ We pray for the suffering continent of Africa to become a healed-land of life,/ peace,/ health and friendship./ We pray to the Lord.
In the autumn time/ the daylight decreases each day until mid-December./ We ask not to be lost to the things of inner darkness:/ hatred,/ resentment,/ greed,/ ignorance and selfish preoccupation./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask blessings for the world's sufferers:/ the children of war and sickness,/ the soldiers who hope to return home,/ the victims of disaster,/ the unemployed and those for whom work is cruel./ We pray to the Lord.
To pray for the dead is an act of enduring love./ We ask for the forgiveness of their sins/ and for their lives to be healed and made whole in the love of God./ We pray to the Lord.