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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Intercessions ~ Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Iranian President, Rouhani,/ visited the Vatican this week/ asking Pope Francis for prayers at their meeting's end./ We join the pope in his prayer for world leaders,/ asking for them to be agents of justice,/ reconciliation and healing./ We pray to the Lord. 

Tuesday is the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple./ We pray to know Christ in his light,/ scattering and illumining what is dark within each of us./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis will visit Sweden in October/ to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation./ Guide the Church/ and heal the wounds of suspicion,/ division and contention./ We pray to the Lord. 

Lent begins shortly./ Bless our efforts/ and bring us to an Easter of joyful renewal./ We pray to the Lord. 

Take charge of hearts that are adrift in hate,/ ignorance and selfishness,/ Make strong those who are struggling to hold onto hope and happiness./ We pray to the Lord.

Restore families separated by war and disaster,/ comfort and heal the children traumatized by terror./ Bless those who are trying to help./ We pray to the Lord.

Give new strength,/ resolve and confidence to the sick and those who are suffering./ And to those who have died/ give the fullness of life you have promised./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Blessings to you Father Morris, for remembering to pray for all these intentions. Please pray for us that we have the resolve to keep our prayers constant and sincere. I feel as though I often pray for my own needs rather than the needs of others.

  2. Maybe it's the priest's task to pattern prayer this way. I want the whole world to fit in my heart. You too!

  3. I like to carry these intentions with me and read them frequently.

  4. And early morning is a good time for that - before it all starts and takes us away in the frenzy.

  5. God gives us special people in our lives. Be that special person for someone today.

  6. I am weak and corruptible when left on my own. But here I find strength and encouragement in your words and the kind thoughts of others who want to be helpful and prayerful in their lives. It all points the way to being a better Christian, this sense of community and the desire for a better world to live in. God be with us and ever present.

  7. Jesus told us to think of each other as brother and sister. Humans usually don't do well when left to themselves. I'm glad you've found the posts here and the folks who join in. Thank you!