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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Intercessions ~ Good Shepherd Sunday

On Good Shepherd Sunday/ we pray to know the tenderness of Jesus,/ and for our own lives to be characterized by compassion,/ awareness,/ gentle and patient love./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis has trips pending to Sarajevo,/ Ecuador,/ Bolivia,/ Paraguay,/ Uganda,/ Central African Republic,/ Cuba and the United States./ We pray for his safe-keeping and good health./ We pray to the Lord.

Last week/ seven hundred Libyan migrants drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy./ We pray for the troubled African continent/ and for the conversion for those who by greed/ cause suffering and sorrow./ We pray to the Lord.

Spiritual tensions beset us each day as we set out in prayer./ We pray to keep our hearts and minds fixed on Jesus/ and to be upheld in our love for him./ We pray to the Lord.

We remember in our prayer prisoners and for their reform./ We pray too for refugees/ and those who help people trapped in poverty,/ disaster/ and global conflicts./ We pray to the Lord.

Always we pray for the world's children,/ asking blessings for the littlest who are waiting to be born,/ sick children,/ child soldiers,/ young girls and boys who are sexually exploited or trafficked./ For those who do evil things which frighten and harm children./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who have died,/ asking for them to experience an eternity of gladness before the face of Jesus-Risen./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Finding compassion and patient love can be difficult, especially when praying for prisoners and those who have brought harm to others. I will keep this in mind though and ask for conversion of my own heart In these matters.

  2. The other day someone made a comment that this blog was their heartbeat song. I agree. It is we who are grateful Father. Grateful for your willingness to teach us new perspectives, for your dedication to spreading deep spiritual thoughts that we might not get elsewhere, for making us better people in our hearts and our minds. Amen.

    1. The priest, like Jesus, ought to be a teacher - always. Keeping this blog going, now in its . third year, gives me great pleasure. It's the place of my prayer. And its message is apparently read all over the world. What more could a priest hope for. Technology in Jesus' service!

  3. I wasn't aware of this mass drowning Father. Africa is so troubled. The world is so troubled. Let us pray for people to be more aware and take some action, even in prayer. Your Intercessions awaken me to the issues that surround us and although I am saddened by our current state of affairs, I am thankful for the increased awareness.

  4. More than 2000 people have drowned in capsized un-seaworthy boats since the start of this year - many thousands trying to escape the violence of Africa to the safety of Europe. But the Italian coastguard cannot rescue them all. One Italian coastguard officer says that on any given day, especially when the Mediterranean Sea is calm, there can be 25 boats, loaded down with sick and starving people, looking for rescue and safe haven. Italy is overwhelmed and the Pope has asked the international community to assist. These people have often paid upwards of $1500 per person for the hope of a safer life. Dishonest people fleece these families. It is a very terrible situation.