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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is Labor Day weekend:/ bless with justice,/ safety and health/ those whose work benefits us/ or whose work is dangerous and difficult./ Give success to those who are looking for work./ We pray to the Lord.

As September 11 approaches,/ we remember that most sad day fourteen years ago,/ offering prayers for all who died in the tremendous violence,/ those who still suffer and mourn/ or were traumatized by so much destruction and death./ We pray to the Lord.

Grant safety to Pope Francis as he soon makes his journey to Cuba and the United States./ That we would be open and teachable,/ and not just commentators,/ debaters and argue-ers./ We pray to the Lord. 

Bless the families of the world/ in all their variety and complexity./ Heal families that are dysfunctional,/ poor,/ pained,/ divided or addicted./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the poor nation of Syria,/ disintegrating by terrorism and war,/ asking blessings for those countries who are taking in refugees fleeing destruction and death./ We pray especially for the children and the most vulnerable./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the world where there is drought,/ fire,/ famine or natural disaster./ We pray for those whose generous hearts offer help where there is suffering./ We pray to be intelligent and honest care-takers of our planet./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for the forgiveness and enlightenment of those who do terrorist,/ murderous things./ For those who have died and for mourners everywhere who grieve losses./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Thanks for reminding us to pray for refugees. It is hard for us to imagine such suffering.

  2. Indeed, we can't imagine. The greatest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Europe is overwhelmed. A country has to have an awake, compassionate and generous heart to deal with this kind of crisis well. Germany has taken in hundreds of thousands of people fleeing certain death in Syria. Perhaps they are amending somewhat their complicity in the Holocaust or if that's not possible at least showing the rest of the world that they have learned. This is a very fragile time. Our prayers at Mass must reflect an awareness of that. Thanks for following the posts.

  3. If I may ask a question about the Pope, as he is coming here, and his words will undoubtedly be put under a magnifying lens to be torn apart. I read that Pope Francis, for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, about to begin this December, granted all priests the proper "faculties" to forgive the sin of abortion to a woman who sincerely confesses this terrible tragedy. I would assume that it may also apply to any men who confess that they were involved by encouraging their wife/friend to procure an abortion. But, is this new? Hasn't God always forgiven serious sin in the sacrament of confession for the one who is truly sorry and repentant?

    1. Accomplices too: doctors, nurses, technicians, those who pay for the procedure, those who insist on it...

      Absolving abortion is called a reserved sin - meaning it is so serious only the bishop absolves it. Though throughout almost all of the United States and Canada the faculty to absolve abortion was extended to priests even decades ago. Bless Francis in his journeying here and in the Year of Mercy. The Loving-Kindness of God.