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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Intercessions ~ Second Sunday of Advent

The second candle on the Advent Wreath has been lit./ We pray for an increase of inner light:/ light for our consciences,/ light for self-knowledge,/ light for the life-path we each walk./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for safety in a dangerous world./ For the world where it is corrupted,/ where lies are told,/ where terrorist plans are made,/ where people are killed,/ where children are frightened./ For the turning of loveless hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis began the Jubilee Year of Mercy not in Rome but at the cathedral in Bangui, Africa./ We pray for the willingness to bring the periphery into the center,/ drawing into focus the plight of people and places which are devalued,/ forgotten,/ ignored./ We pray to the Lord. 

In the war-torn country of Central African Republic/ Pope Francis asked us to lay down the weapons of the world/ and to arm ourselves with love and mercy,/ the guarantors of peace./ We pray to learn this lesson./ We pray to the Lord. 

Pope Francis has called Africa a martyr of exploitation/ and the victim of other powers./ We ask forgiveness of all the sins of power,/ and to learn well the path of humility,/ reconciliation,/ justice and solidarity./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who suffer this time of year:/ the sick,/ the addicted,/ the unemployed,/ the wounded and war-damaged,/ the homeless and all who hope for healing and the restoration of happiness./ We pray to the Lord.

And we pray for all who have died,/ to know the great charity of Jesus in the forgiveness of sins/ and the sharing of God's great gift of life./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. It is important to remember nations such as Africa who are in constant turmoil, poverty, and war. And we who live in the land of plenty have all this killing and poverty also. It is difficult to see past it all. If we don't change, we will return to barbaric times. It seems not too far away.

  2. An elderly monastic nun said to me years ago, "We are DE-volving." I understand. I get it. Guns. Porn. An insatiable appetite for drugs. The dark side of the Internet. An obsession with having fun and entertainments. Over-eating. Endless war. Religions losing their center. A commercial this morning on TV selling a computer which obeys my voice - in other words - I no longer need to know how to write. Indeed, the computer bit that frees me from having to know how to read - what's it called? - "Ask Sari."