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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intercessions ~ Third Sunday in Ordinary Time





Pope Francis calls to and invites the many millions of Catholics who have abandoned the practice of their faith./ We pray for listening hearts and for the Church to realize how it can alienate people/ failing to reveal its message of salvation for all/ We pray to the Lord.

Our Country has been at war for the past fourteen years./ We ask for God to teach us to find our way to peace/ and for the willingness to follow that path./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask healing and forgiveness wherever evil things are justified by the invocation of God's name./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for human persons to be granted their dignity/ recognizing their rights to health care,/ a just wage,/ housing and education./ We pray to the Lord.

The world is imbalanced by the sin of greed/ where increasingly few people own most of the world's wealth./ For the purification of the world's heart./ We pray to the Lord.

For the world to realize who it is who lives in the womb/ and for every child to be protected,/ valued and loved./ We pray to the Lord.

And we ask for those who have died/ to receive all that God has promised in the Risen Jesus./ We pray to the Lord.


10 comments:

  1. For the innocent bystander caught in the consequential backwash of another's sin. that the faithful and loving Lord will see them through. Let us pray to the Lord.

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  2. I pray for you too Father and all the religious who ponder these things while many of us go about our lives. Thank you for calling them to mind for us, so that we may stop and remember that many people live in poverty and misfortune that they have no control of. But besides praying, should we not do more for these people? I implore everyone to take some sort of small action to help someone in need.

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    1. We're to do what we can surely. Mother Teresa would say, "Give until it hurts you." In other words, not leftovers or surplus, but we're to feel it.

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  3. Believing in all that Jesus promises that would all be relatively harmless if it wasn't for the fact that such beliefs work against environmental policies and not allowing for justice in the here and now. The more liberal/progressive Christian emphasis is that the "Kingdom of Heaven is among you." It would be nice if more people who referenced themselves as Christian worked to make it "on earth as it is in Heaven" . I had one person argue with me that it is more important to put money into evangelism rather than helping people have something to eat because hell was for eternity and being hungry was just a temporary state. Again, there is the harm of such beliefs. I never understood a belief in Hell -- if we understand torturing people to be immoral, why would God, seen as the foundation of morality, torture people?

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    1. It's good to read the little letter of Saint James now and again: Your example of money spent on evangelism over feeding the hungry. Jesus gives us the take home test in Matthew 25. "Did you evanglize isn't one of the questions on the test."

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    2. I thought you might be angry with my commentary above, but instead, you chose what you could agree with. I see that you believe in letting everyone have their opinions without chastising. Thank you Father. You are a good man.

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    3. Pity the person who is not seeking. The magi who visited the Infant Jesus, Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore tree, Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night - seekers all! Thank you for reading the posts.God be with you!

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  4. Thank you for being a source of spiritual guidance. It helps to keep me on the right track and sometimes this is the place I come when I need to feel a closer relationship with God.

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  5. For the world to realize, who it is who lives in the womb. What an eye opener petition this is! It really makes you think.. Yes, it has a beating heart, its moving around. Its alive!

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