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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Late Summer Sun

Pope Francis is coming to our country soon./ Bless him with safety and strength./ And give us teach-able hearts./ Calm and heal the loveless divisions which afflict our nation./ We pray to the Lord.

Lift the dense fog which covers human minds in our families,/ in Church,/ in politics,/ media and business./ We pray to the Lord.

Draw us together where there is misery,/ violence,/ sadness and every kind of human suffering./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless the world's priests:/ the new priests and the elderly priests,/ priests who are lonely,/ worn-out,/ depressed,/ in need of personal renewal and growth./ Bless the priests who are in any kind of trouble./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask heaven's help for our families,/ holding in our hearts this Sunday/ family members who are stressed,/ sick,/ addicted,/ depressed/ or making seriously wrong-choices./ We pray to the Lord.

The suffering of the world's children is before our eyes./ We ask for a new global heart that takes in the children  who are in flight,/ afraid,/ sick,/ abandoned,/ hungry and thirsty./ And forgive us where we fail them./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for the dead,/ mindful of the many whose deaths shock,/ sadden and discourage us./ We pray for God to heal and convert those who murder and wound./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Father, I will most certainly remember you in my prayers even if you do not have any of those needs/afflictions you mention above. You are a good and holy man of God and deserving of many blessings.

    1. And you're kind. Oremus pro invicem = Let us pray for each other.

  2. In happiness and in suffering we pray, giving thanks for the people that touch our lives.

  3. All these petitions, due clue us in to the terrible times we live in. It is good to be praying together. Your mindfulness of these needs is a comfort. You can lead the ship.

  4. I have a keen and grateful sense when writing these intercessions each week that good people in many places join me in the prayer. Everything is new when we are mindful. God be with you!

  5. When I read these I remember to be grateful for all that I have. Close family and good friends, a job and good health. I pray for all those who are lacking the things that lead us to happiness and that I may find a way to offer some of my many blessings to them.

  6. I do pray for our priests. We read of those who do despicable things, but I have known many kind and good priests in my life. Let us not forget that there are many decent and holy priests out there who suffer because of the sins of the few that get thrust into the news.

  7. Thank you for these prayers Father Stephen. I appreciate your thoughts and efforts here in bringing us closer to God.