We are in the time of Advent darkness/ which is a metaphor for ignorance,/ hateful rhetoric,/ evil deeds,/ fear and pride./ We pray to be led to the true place of God's light which is within each of us./ We pray to the Lord.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy has begun with the opening of the Holy Doors in Rome./ We pray to step through all the obstacles which keep us separated from the love of God/ where consolation,/ pardon and hope are found./ We pray to the Lord.
The world is rife with cruelty and atrocities./ We pray with Pope Francis for a revolution of tenderness/ which heals and restores./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for the safety and well-being of all in the holiday time./ For those who have no reason for joy/ and for the heightening of gratitude/ as we are so fortunate,/ gift-ed and blessed./ We pray to the Lord.
These are days of insecurity and trouble./ We do not know where it is all leading/ or how and when it will end./ Meanwhile,/ we ask to know how to love other people well./ We pray to the Lord.
We offer prayers for the sick,/ the elderly who are frail/ and those who care for them./ We pray for those whose need for healing is interior:/ spiritual,/ emotional or relational./ And for the protection of children everywhere./ We pray to the Lord.
And we pray for those who have died/ in wars,/ in disasters or massacres./ For those who die un-mourned/ to know the love of God in fullness and joy./ We pray to the Lord.