Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunday Intercessions ~ Second Advent

On our way to Christmas we ask to be freed of resentments/ and the anxieties which steal our best energies and joy./ We pray to the Lord.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day/ marking the 1941 entrance of the United States into the Second World War./ We pray for wisdom sufficient to keep the world from yet another global war./ We pray to the Lord.

Pondering Mary in the Advent time/ we pray for the world's children:/ that they would be welcomed and treasured./ We pray to the Lord.

In the dark time of the year/ we ask God to come to us as light/ especially where we live in depression,/ disunity and discontent./ We pray to the Lord.

Friday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - our hemisphere's patroness./ We pray for the people of North,/ South and Central America,/ asking for gifts of mutual respect and solidarity./ We pray to the Lord.

In the stresses and difficulties of our daily lives/ give us patient and enduring hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who do good on behalf of the poor and the sick,/ for the safety of travelers, for those who have no family or friend,/ and for those who live without hope or security./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who have died:/ the gift of God's mercy and light./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Father, I believe we are a world at war. Our children only know of a time when soldiers are fighting and dying in foreign lands. They have lived under the threat of terrorism their whole lives. We have violent battles within our own country. I hope that they will be able to one day live in a world with more peace and unity. This is my daily prayer.

    1. Pope Francis has said that a third world war has already started. I understand. And there is so much we don't hear - a woman with relatives in Africa told me the other day that thirty six nurses have been murdered in northern Kenya by aberrant and militarized Islamists. The exploitation of any religion for an evil end is particularly sad. .

  2. These are so relevant to what is going on around us. Thanks for keeping us abreast of church holidays, feast days and the concerns of the world around us. Let us continue to pray for all those that need the remembering.

  3. A blessed Advent to you Fr. Stephen. Thank you for your guidance and your spiritual direction.

  4. Thanks for the insights Father. I lament the recent turn of Mexico from a pro-life to pro-death nation. Guadalupe must be grieving.

  5. Grieving as a Mother. And our nation too: continual war, death in the streets, the neglect of our children, our insatiable thirst for drugs....

  6. I look forward to Our Lady's feast day on the 12th. I believe her purpose in coming was to create a better world of harmony, respect for others in their differences, compassion and mutual aid. We seem to need this more than ever. Mary, Our Mother, we need you. Thank you Father, for reminding us about The Guadalupe.