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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Intercessions ~ Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. John Vianney ~ Cure of Ars

Every country has its own sins;/ we ask God to forgive ours:/ where there is racism,/ violence,/ consumerist greed and aggression,/ our own forms of idolatry/ and belief that problems are to be resolved by death./We pray boldly for our conversion./ We pray to the Lord.

As August begins/ we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance,/ asking for them/ good health,/ safety,/ peace and well-being./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday is the Feast of Saint John Vianney/ the patron saint of parish priests./ We pray for priests to guide us out of exhausted and false religion/ to the fresh beauty of the Gospels./ We pray to the Lord.

August 6th is the Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration and the 70th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki./ We ask God to show the world the way to be freed of these weapons/ capable of destroying the paradise-planet God has given us./ We pray to the Lord.

Life on this planet is difficult and burdensome for many children./ We pray:/ asking for them the health,/ nutrition,/ education,/ inclusive love and peace they need to grow well./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who work in hospitals and clinics,/ for researchers, rescuers and technicians./ For the sick,/ the weak and the dying/ and for those who care for them./ We pray to the Lord.

And we pray for all who have died this week,/ entrusting them to the kind love of Jesus/ who forgives,/ heals,/ restores and brings to life./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Amen Father Morris. Thank you for your prayers.

  2. And thank YOU for your own prayer. There is such suffering in the world - and so we pray.

  3. I will remember on Tuesday to say a special prayer to St. John Vianney, to intercede for our priests and help guide them in their pastoral work. I will also remember to include you in my prayer that you may continue to be a source of inspiration and spirituality for us all. Although it must be wonderful to hear you in person, I am grateful that you have chosen this mode to spread your work more widely.

  4. Thanks for the prayers and for following the posts. I'm glad that the blog is viewed seemingly " all around the world" and in many surprising places: Indonesia, Korea, Russia, Greece, Italy. Maybe these are folks who read English or allow the computer to translate for them. I think it's all pretty neat.

  5. God help the children and all the parents. They so need Jesus and Mary, for they are struggling so.