|" A man had a fig tree..." Luke 13|
It is Lent as Spring draws near./ Give us the sustaining grace we need/ not only to survive the upheavals/ but to grow./ Bless those who are despairing./ We pray to the Lord.
Biblically/ the fig tree is a symbol of the quiet,/ safe and peaceful life./ We pray for those who feel none of this,/ but only upset,/ discord and insecurity./ We pray to the Lord.
These are days of tremendous and bitter divisions./ Guide this land which calls itself exceptional/ along the path of civility,/ hospitality,/ kindness,/ peaceable justice and love./ We pray to the Lord.
There can be no real renewal of the Church without first a renewal of the clergy./ Give humility to the young priests,/ life and spirit to the demoralized and saddened priests,/ health and joy to the sick priests./ We pray to the Lord.
In prayerful solidarity/ we pray for those who are hungry,/ terrified,/ up against every kind of obstacle,/ excluded,/ cast away or imprisoned./ We pray to the Lord.
The new month of March begins on Tuesday./ We pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance,/ asking gifts of health and peace./ We pray to the Lord.
And we pray gifts of life and peace for those who have died,/ mindful of those around the world who have died in wars,/ gun violence,/ or by hunger or neglect./ And for those who live in sorrow for the dead./ We pray to the Lord.