Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Intercessions ~ Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time




As the nation celebrates its birthday/ we pray for healing in our often fractious country./ And for each of us and all of us to become agents of  justice,/ kindness,/ reconciliation and welcome./ We pray to the Lord. 

Jesus returns to his home town in the Gospel today/ where he is amazed at the lack of faith he encounters./ We pray not to disappoint Jesus/ but that our own lives of discipleship would be marked by an alive faith/ and love in action./ We pray to the Lord.

As Pope Francis will be coming to the United States in September,/ we ask blessings for his visit./ And as the pope will also visit Cuba/ we pray for our own nation to be attentive/ and awake in prayer and hope./ We pray to the Lord.

In the month of July we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance:/ asking gifts of good health,/ safety,/ and growth in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

Election Day is not until November of next year/ yet already there is a flood of candidates./ We pray for those who seek public office to be honest and good,/ freed of whatever interior thing makes us ugly and useless before God./ We pray to the Lord.

All around the world there is sadness and trouble./ We pray for those who are helpers in every place/ and that we would do our part in alleviating suffering as we are able./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask a spiritual remedy for those who are sick with sorrow,/ bitterness,/ hatred,/ worry,/ addictions and pain./ We pray for those who have died this week - and for those who mourn loved ones/ or the loss of peace and security in their lands./ We pray to the Lord. 


3 comments:

  1. Faith is a wonderful thing. When in need, you know help is on the way.

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  2. For spiritual remedy, let us pray to the Lord. Amen Father.

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  3. All these petitions bring to mind something I read once. "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." Happy 4th of July, Fr.

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