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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.


  1. For all these things I pray to the Lord. Thank you Father Stephen for calling these to mind.

  2. I am grateful for the pope's visit to our country. A wonderful blessing for all those that get to be in his presence.

  3. As the leaves change, let us pray for a change in the world climate.

  4. You make an insightful connection. Some people deny the science which indicates the serious damage we've done and continue to do to our planet. It's easy to get an argument started in that regard. But it seems to me that these greedy, exploitive, hearts of ours can't possibly be helping our poor planet. Give us new hearts!

    1. New hearts! If you look around it is easy to see the damage done. This is why we seek alternative energy solutions. We need to clean our planet and our hearts in our attitudes towards our fellow man. Give me a clean heart O Lord!