Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Intercessions ~ Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The deep wound of racism still festers in our country./ With Saint Francis we pray:/ Where there is hatred, let me sow love./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday is the Feast of the First Martyrs of the Early Roman Church./ We pray for Christians who are struggling and suffering today in many countries around the world./ We pray to the Lord.

In the Heart of Jesus we see the Heart of God./ As June draws to a close/ we pray for Christ-hearts that are open and inclusive signs of Christ's salvation for all./ We pray to the Lord.

Mindful of the parishioners at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston/  who held their bible class in the same room where a week prior nine of their fellows were killed,/ we ask to be made steady and persevering./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who daily struggle with special needs,/ war injuries,/ chronic sickness,/ fatigue,/ emotional instability and anxieties./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our families everywhere:/ for displaced persons and those who are traumatized by hazards and troubles./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who are asleep in death to arise,/ like the little girl in today's gospel,/ asking for them to see first/ the bright and joyful face of Jesus./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. For out nation to heal. I pray to the Lord.

  2. It seems as though all the troubles of the world stem from one simple word, hate. Why is it so hard for us to love one another as Jesus showed us to?

  3. "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts." Psalm 95 Most people are unable to detect and/or acknowledge the hardness of their hearts. I'm thinking of the Examinations of Conscience I have seen over the years - so much about breaking rules and commandments - seldom, seldom indeed that one would confess "a stony, cold, hard heart."

    1. Then let us pray for a melting and softening of hearts.

  4. I think families have to pray with their children more and teach them to show kindness to others and give them lots of love.

  5. I'm one of six children. When I was a boy (and there was always a baby in the house) we prayed the family rosary. Our family life wasn't easy - we had some real and serious problems. Perhaps we managed it all as well as we did because we prayed together. Carry on!