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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Intercessions ~ Feast of Jesus Christ - King of the Universe




As the year of grace draws to a close today,/ we pray for grateful hearts/ able to discern the life-sustaining,/ healing,/ supportive presence of God in our own day./ We pray to the Lord.

Today at Mass/ we invite and ask for Christ to enter the little universe of every Christian heart and mind./ For the disciples of Jesus/ to establish and promote Christ's reign of compassion,/  love and justice./ We pray to the Lord.

Syria is a land of many saints./ We ask heaven to help their tormented,/ wounded country,/ divided,/ bombed and exhausted./ We pray to the Lord.

Bad theology easily brings death with it./ We pray for religion which has become a scourge for the earth/ instead of a blessing./ We pray to the Lord. 

For family and friends with whom we gather this week./ For those who are away from home by distance or alienation./ For the safety of holiday travelers/ and for people who are alone,/ jobless or depressed./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for persons (including ourselves) who are feeling vulnerable these days,/ badly shaken or in the dark,/ un-holy or un-well./ We pray to the Lord.


We pray for those who are fallen asleep in death/ and who have entered God's land of  light./ Grant peace to our world/ wearied and spent by violence and warring./ We pray to the Lord.

10 comments:

  1. I am looking ahead at the Year of Mercy. May the winds of change touch us and soften our hearts. Amen.

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  2. As Thanksgiving approaches and Advent begins, I am saddened all the more for people who are estranged from family and distant from friends. That their despair be lessened. Amen

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  3. The Catholic Church instituted this feast of Christ the King during bleak days, when fascist and communist clouds were darkening the earth with their ominous shadow. I feel as though the Earth is again in great shadow. Let us pray to the Lord that light will penetrate the darkness so that we may feel the warmth of God's light surrounding us. The shadows make me nothing more than burdened and weary.

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  4. I enjoy reading all of your posts Father, but especially look forward to your Intercessions on Thursdays. They fill me with feelings of purpose, that we must pray together and make our voices heard throughout the world.

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  5. The world is wounded and people are insecure - we really must be done with generic prayers at Mass that come from a place of "no feeling." Bishop Anthony Bloom writes in his book "Beginning to Pray" that we should not speak a word of prayer until "we feel something." Intercession that comes from a place of knowing and feeling reflects hearts awake!

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    1. This is how I have thought about prayer for many years now. I need to feel connected. A reflective conversation with God.

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    2. So very true. Amen. And blessings to you Father. I will pray a heartfelt prayer of thanks for the lessons learned here.

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  6. Social media, all of it portrays only the scourge of religion. The blessings of Faith filled souls are working hard and are pretty much not publicized . Personally I know friends in my local community who have built and sustained an orphanage in Uganda, wells of free flowing water in Tanzania, retreats for teams 5 times a year for teens to come to know Christ and Apoalachia mission trips for the lady 30 years. Also healing and prayer teams that build communities that are sustained, not just a one shot encounter, in Austrailia, Rome, Uganda, Chins, Jamaica and even her on Ling Island and Ohio! I'm the first to landblast the recent bombings and idiotic response of many but let's all reflect on what is going on around us that faith blesses!

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    1. Alexander VisceglieNovember 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

      It is unfair to say that all social media portrays religion in a negative way. There are many incidences publicized of the good works of many. It is unfortunate that you haven't found good sources to follow. However, since you have read this blog post, which in itself is social media, you might see things in a different light. There are many blessings around us even as terror seems to reign. I am glad for this blog and for the good deeds shared by others.

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