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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Intercessions ~ Third Sunday in the Easter Season




Pope Francis is planning a trip to Greece/ to draw attention to the plight of refugees/ and to encourage a ceasefire in the Middle East./ Bless the world with a desire for peace/ and the strength to set out creatively to achieve it. We pray to the Lord.

In the Year of Mercy,/ Pope Francis has asked every Catholic Diocese to establish a new project of mercy:/ a hospital,/ drug rehab center,/ nursing home,/ refugee or homeless shelter./ We pray for a generous response to the pope's request./ We pray to the Lord. 

Heal and restore our families/ where we are discouraged,/ anxious,/ tired,/ sick or sad./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the children of the world and for their safety/ where they are enslaved,/ exploited,/ uneducated,/ afraid or hungry./ For adults who will protect and care for them./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for the Church to be deeply rooted in the Gospel of Jesus/ and to correct ourselves where we have become distracted,/ non-reflective or lazy./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for parents and care providers,/ those who await the birth of a child,/ for the unemployed,/ the home-bound and the elderly who are abandoned or without support./ We pray to the Lord. 

For the sick./ For those in chronic pain or whose illness is incurable./ For mourners/ and those who have died,/ aware that many die lonely deaths,/ without family or friends./ We pray to the Lord. 

11 comments:

  1. There us much to pray for here. I will keep this list close during the upcoming week. Amen.

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  2. Amen! Father, you never fail to keep us pointed in the right direction. I could never think of all these things. Sometimes I remain caught in the headlines.

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    1. St. Paul enjoins us to pray unceasingly. And I believe that one way to do that is to keep the needs of the world right up front in our hearts and minds.

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  3. I am not afraid of dying alone, but rather, what will happen after I die. I think I might pray for us not to be afraid in the hour or moment of our death, that we might feel comfort in knowing that Jesus is holding our hand.

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  4. It's good to be curious about heaven. I think heaven will be like stepping into an icon.

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    1. Stephanie BourdaApril 8, 2016 at 6:12 AM

      I pray that heaven will satisfy and fulfill the deepest longings of our human heart, regardless of how far removed it is from our wildest imaginings. The seeds of eternity have been planted in us. We are growing towards heaven.

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    2. "Heaven" - no word does it justice - if nothing else will be surprises. Maybe the biggest surprise will be discovering all the people we condemned are already there to welcome us. Maybe they'll jump out and shout, "Surprise!" We put such limits on and lose our sense of humor about God.

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  5. Heaven, stepping into an icon? Best icon ever! The I con image makes heaven almost fathomable. Love your analogy, Father!

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  6. Sometimes we want someone to just be there for us and it is disappointing and painful when they brush us aside. I pray for brighter days away.

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  7. For parents who are overwhelmed and guilty that they have feelings of burden. That they realize it is hard to manage all aspects of family life and that they are not alone nor are they weak or inadequate.

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  8. Feelings of guilt are never far away. I've met hundreds upon hundreds of parents over my 36 years of priesthood. You're not alone. Parenting is the most difficult job on the planet. Heaven is delighted for our efforts.

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