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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Intercessions ~ Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

At Ground Zero/ Pope Francis said the deep fountains of flowing water reflect the tears shed on September 11, 2001,/ but also the tears people cry around the world each day,/ caused by terrorism,/ war and destruction./ For those who weep/ to be comforted./ We pray to the Lord.

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi./ We ask for a new willingness to love and protect the earth/ and every living thing,/ God's great gift to us./ We pray to the Lord.

Our political climate is characterized by bitter divisions./ And if we cannot hope to work together well for the common good,/ can we at least hope by prayer to stop demonizing each other./We pray to the Lord.

We ask blessings for the peace-making work of the United Nations as it celebrates its seventieth anniversary./ We pray too for the healing of any part of our own lives where we feel disturbed,/ troubled or despairing./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the reform of prisoners around the world./ For the enlightening of consciences,/ the turning of hearts/ and growth in goodness./ We pray too for the healing of those who have been victimized by violence and crimes./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the many who are injured in wars: soldiers and civilians./ For the conversion of those who plan and execute terrorist attacks./ For refugees,/ the sick,/ the elderly and all the world's children./ We pray to the Lord.

And we pray for those who have died to enter God's promised life of light and peace/ where saints live in joy./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. We spend much or our prayer asking for our own healing and direction. It is good to remember to pray for others in need. The poor, the war afflicted, the abandoned, those living always on the edges of society looking for belonging. For all these I pray to the Lord.

  2. I was so happy for the Pope's visit to the U.S. To see the outpouring of love from people of all religions was overwhelming. It gives me hope that he really can bring some peace to our world.

  3. And I pray for the Pope as he tries to spread his message to the world. His visit was well received and many people did come together to celebrate this occasion. I try not to lose sight of the good that he does even when his actions don't always match his words. I imagine that if we want to heed his warnings on Global Climate Change then we can't be upset when he does other things that go against separation of Church and State. He is the Pope. Pray for him. Pray for all of us.

  4. Thank you for helping us to keep open minds and open hearts.

  5. Whenever I visit Ground Zero, all I can do is pray. Pray for this sadly broken world. You can see the sadness on many faces there.