|Blue Bird ~ Tyler Arboretum ~ Media, Pennsylvania|
In the new month of February/ we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance,/ asking for the blessings of good health,/ peace,/ growth in goodness and healing./ We pray to the Lord.
The Winter Olympic games at Sochi begin shortly/ but terrible terrorist threats are being made./ We pray for the protection and safety of athletes,/ tourists and visitors./ We ask for the turning of violent hearts to peaceable living./ We pray to the Lord.
Monday is the Feast of St. Blaise the early 4th century martyr-bishop of Armenia./ Throats are traditionally blessed./ We pray for good health and safety,/ and blessings for those who care for the sick or who research cures./ We pray to the Lord.
The winter has been very hard on many people./ We pray for those who are suffering the lack of those things we need for life and well-being:/ shelter,/ food,/ employment,/ clothing and friendship./ We pray to the Lord.
Pope Francis and President Obama will meet at the Vatican in March./ We ask for fruitful blessings to be born of that meeting/ as they discuss global poverty and the inequality of persons./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for children everywhere./ We entrust to God's kind mercy the children who are sick or afraid,/ and pray for the strengthening of those who have entrusted to them the care of children./ We pray to the Lord.
Soon/ in the smallest of increments/we will be able to detect the lengthening of the day./ We ask for the inner light of love/ which translates into the practicalities of new understanding,/ cooperation and justice./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for those who have died to enter the fullness of God's Kingdom,/ and for the forgiveness of the global sin which creates death in genocide,/ abortion,/ created famine,/ neglected disaster and war without genuine peace efforts./ We pray to the Lord.