Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Intercessions ~ Fourth Sunday in the Easter Time

Bless those who work to relieve suffering and pain./ Grant insight to those who work to remove the underlying causes of terrorism,/ violence and war./ We pray to the Lord.

Give to the Church shepherds whose leadership springs from the Gospel-way of Jesus/ in humility,/ reconciliation/ and a gentle love for people./ We pray to the Lord. 

The Gospel speaks of Jesus as shepherd/ but all the more it speaks of us as his flock./ We pray to live/ not in isolated individualism,/ but in solidarity and communion with each other,/ especially in our great diversity./ We pray to the Lord.

The needs of the world's children must always be up front in our minds and hearts./ And so we pray for them in their weakness,/ vulnerability and fear./ We pray for a world which places the needs of children ahead of everything./ We pray to the Lord. 

In our hemisphere/ we have begun to feel a change of season./ And so we ask for Christ to change us:/ building us up in hope,/ courtesy,/ civility and trust./ Heal us where we are pitifully divided and at odds with each other./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the sick,/ mindful of the need for minds,/ souls and relationships to be healed./ For those who care for others at home or professionally,/ and for those who in their illness are left without help./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who are in mourning/ to hear the Easter-Angel's greeting of Christ's Resurrection./ And for those who have died/ to experience heaven's gladness./ We pray to the Lord. 


  1. We do need better guidance from those that shepherd, bit I pray that we try to be better sheep also. That we realize our responsibility in following rightly and justly.

  2. Yes. How often Jesus says, at the start of the Gospel, at the end of the Gospel: "Follow me."

  3. I pray to follow Jesus the best that I can, even when it is difficult to see where the path will lead me.

  4. And for those in illness without help. Often overlooked are the people in the world with no one to care deeply about them. Pray not to take for granted our loved ones who are by our sides and who we know will take care if us always.

  5. To live together in solidarity and even celebrating our diversity. For this I pray.