Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Intercessions ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today is the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anna, the grandparents of the Virgin Mary./ We pray for our relatives and friends/ asking for them all that is good/ where health,/ security,/ balance and peace are lacking or threatened./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis will be coming to the United States in September./ For our nation to be attentive and listening./ We pray to the Lord.

In the summer time we pray for travelers and vacationers/ asking the blessings of safety,/ renewal and health./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of Saint Martha/ who with Lazarus and Mary were the friends of Jesus./ For the strengthening of friendships and for those who are alone,/ without support or love in their lives./ We pray to the Lord.

One year after Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic/ many thousands of children have been left orphaned./ Many are despised and rejected./ We pray for them/ and all the world's children to be accepted,/ valued and loved./ We pray to the Lord.

For the sick,/ the hungry,/ the displaced and the war weary./ For prisoners,/ mourners and the elderly-poor./ For those who are neglected,/ abused or exploited./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for our own relatives and friends who have died./ For those forgotten in death./ And for any who have lived badly/ to know the kind mercy of Jesus which converts and transforms./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Let us pray that we do receive Pope Francis with open hearts and open minds, that we might listen carefully to him and not distort his words in to twisted meanings as so often happens.

  2. Sometimes the Pope's words are twisted because we want him to say something he isn't saying and wish he were. But sometimes the Pope's words are twisted because we can't handle or imagine the new thing he IS saying. Poor Holy Father, caught between a rock and a hard place. Bless his journey to the United States.

  3. Amen Father. You say it so well.

  4. The ocean is such a big and powerful and beautiful place, created by God. Oh how mighty He is.