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.