|Pope Francis Plants an Olive Tree for Peace|
Autumn begins this week,/ and the trees will change color and drop their leaves./ We pray to drop resentments/ and the bitterness of memories which keeps our hearts distracted and weakened./ We pray to the Lord.
Pope Francis arrives in our country on Tuesday./ We pray for his safety/ and that we would listen well,/ and with gratitude for his presence and message./ We pray to the Lord.
September is the month of the Jewish holy days: Yom Kippur,/ Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot./ We pray for the Jewish people to grow in their covenant with God/ and to be creative agents of peace./ We pray to the Lord.
On Sunday/ we ask that our prayer would be authentic,/ un-distracted,/ heartfelt and generous./ We pray to the Lord.
The drought in California is the worst in five hundred years/ and the fires are being called catastrophic./ While asking for rain/ we also ask blessings for those who have lost everything/ and for the safety and rest of fire fighters/ and all who are helpers there./ We pray to the Lord.
We remember the many who hope for strength and healing:/ Care-providers,/ those with special needs,/ the sick and the addicted,/ the wounded,/ depressed,/ confused and troubled./ We pray to the Lord.
For those whose deaths are sudden or particularly sad,/ the children who have died,/ those whose lives are lost by accident,/ war,/ or in helping others./ We pray to the Lord.