Guide us through Lent as it begins in earnest today./ Bring us to an Easter Spring time of transformation and light./ We pray to the Lord.
Today is the Feast of the Bishop-Martyr, Valentine./ Take us beyond sentimentality and romance/ to a new depth of kindness/ for all people/ in all their variety./ We pray to the Lord.
Monday is President's Day in our country./ We pray for our own president/ and for those who seek this high office./ Give us leaders who are servants and peacemakers,/ and gifts of insight and intelligence as we vote this year./ We pray to the Lord.
Make fruitful last Friday's meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Russia./ Bless Mexico and its people as the pope continues his journey./ We pray to the Lord.
Restore families where there is division,/ addiction,/ hurt,/ poverty or sickness./ Bless care providers,/ health professionals and rescuers,/ mindful of those who provide relief where there is the social disruption of natural disaster and war./ We pray to the Lord.
Today there is a new and deeply troubling persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa./ We pray for them and those who burden,/ threaten and trouble them,/ and ask to be healed of our own spiritual mediocrity and indifference./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray too for those who have died,/ and for those who mourn them,/ but also those who die with no prayer,/ family or friendship./ Give to those departed/ whose lives were sad here/ the bright joy of heaven's welcome and fullness of life./ We pray to the Lord.