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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Intercessions ~ Feast of All Saints

October Full Moon

Today is the Feast of All Saints./ That we would not admire the saints/ so much as desire to be saints/ with hearts made new by the love of God:/ compassionate,/ generous and kind./ We pray to the Lord.

There are forty-three million displaced persons in the world today./ Bring help to those who are over-whelmed by the loss of home,/ nation,/ loved-ones and livelihood./ Bless those who search for solutions/ and those who offer practical help./ We pray to the Lord.

As the autumn darkness increases in our hemisphere/ bring to light those places of darkness within/ where there is hatred,/ ignorance,/ prejudice or fear./ We pray to the Lord. 

Restore families where relationships have broken down,/ where there is violence,/ selfishness or addiction./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for hatred to be rejected among Christians,/ Jews and Muslims./ We ask for every religion to discover anew its best reasons for friendship and peace./ We pray to the Lord. 

The bishops of the Philippines  have called our God-given, planet-home a wonderland of beauty and life./ Forgive the sins of planet-exploitation and greed,/ give us new hearts/ born of grateful courtesy and love for this earth./ We pray to the Lord.

Strengthen those who live with disabilities,/ wounds,/ chronic sickness,/ depression and fatigue./ Delight those who are departed with your promises-come-true of life and joy./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Oh my. Someone sent a short comment which was lost when the little arrow hovered over it. The comment read essentially: "For all these things and for the Spirit to live or effect them. We pray to the Lord." Apologies. Fr. Stephen

  2. Thank you for your compassion and kindness Father. You are generous with knowledge, open with your faith, patient with your responses and show humility when praised. A good role model for today's world.

  3. You're very kind. I'd like to let go of the little slings and arrows more quickly.

  4. Sometimes I feel dread at the thought of the short winter days and the darkness. Thank you for the encouraging prayers.

  5. I understand. And so I light the candle by the icon. The long season invites us to interiorty and closer observations: the stars (if they are observable where you live), the patterns of ice and the snow, the shades of gray in the trees, the birds by the feeder, the needs of the houseplants, the seed catalogs even if you don't buy anything.....

    1. Understood. We should look for the beauty in everyday things that surround us and the things that need our attention. At the same time we must look for the lengthening days which bring the promise of spring. Very well then Father. It all is helpful.

  6. Yes, I understand this very deeply. After the 21st of December the day light increases by one minute everyday. I consciously acknowledge it and am heartened by it. Believe it or not, after June 21st when the daylight begins to decrease even though it is not observable for some time, I start to feel depressed. So yes - Winter Solstice - we begin to move into the light - be encouraged!

  7. So much is tied into light and darkness. Both in the actual presence of the Sun and in symbolism. Light casts away the darkness. Keep the light shining in your heart and in your mind Father. You spread this light everywhere.

  8. Happy Feast of All Saints to you and your family!