Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Intercessions ~ First Sunday in Lent

Passion Flower

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. 

1 comment:

  1. Your Intercessions always remind us that we should strive for love and peace in our world. That we should pray for all people, not just those in our own corners of life.