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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Intercessions ~Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Syrian refugee father

As we remember our own fathers and grandfathers today,/ we pray too for fathers who struggle against the terrible obstacles of war,/ poverty,/ unemployment and homelessness./ For fathers who are overwhelmed and need new strength and courage./ We pray to the Lord

We pray as well for the world's children who need every assistance:/ asking for each to be fed,/ clothed,/ educated,/ housed and valued./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the nation after this week's terrible massacre in Florida./ For first-responders,/ police,/ rescuers and investigators./ For mourning family and friends/ and for anyone who feels sorrow and fear./ We pray boldly for the conversion of haters and killers./ We pray to the Lord. 

Pope Francis has asked why guns and weapons move around the world so easily while food and aid are often obstructed./ Give us gifts of courage and honesty in answering his question./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the Muslim world,/ the Jewish and Christian worlds./ And that we would be true to the best teachings of religion:/ growing in compassionate service,/ kindness,/ hospitality and love for people./ We pray to the Lord.

This weekend we observe the Summer Solstice:/ the longest day and the shortest night of the year./ We ask to be persons of light,/ overcoming the darkness of greed and selfishness./ We pray to the Lord.

And we pray for those who died in Orlando this week,/ and for deceased fathers and grandfathers./ And as the school year ends/ we remember and pray for the many who have taught us during our lifetime/ and who are now deceased./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. It was a sad week for our nation. Let us hope and pray for new beginnings of acceptance and tolerance. Peace and love my bothers and sisters.

  2. I also want to pray for fathers who have addiction issues, that their children may be nurtured and healed from this negative relationship with them. May these fathers be open to healing from their "demons."

  3. I am surprised that you didn't say more about the recent massacre that took place in the Orlando nightclub. You are generally supportive of the homosexual community as well as the Latin American community both of which were targets in this attack. I pray for their souls and for their families. Their difficult lives cut short by a madman.

  4. I'm not sure I follow - each week there are seven intercessions - of those seven this week, two contain Orlando references.

    1. You have blogged about certain tragedies in the past, posting a reflection or a prayer. I saw the two references above, but was surprised this slaughter didn't warrant its own mention, reminding us once again that we should love our neighbors, regardless of any differences we might have. I was never under the impression that you were one of them, but you do champion the gays and their desires for marriage and families. And now you fall silent. Then it struck me that maybe this hit too close to home for your comfort.

    2. "Sending our thoughts and prayers" and "Moments of silence" - are our usual ways of responding to these tragedies. I've done my share of that. My real thoughts about guns and politicians would open up an enormous fight here. I'm not going to do that. All the rest is wondering and fanciful thinking and a waste of time. We need so much more than prayers.

    3. As the woman
      broke open her alabaster jar
      and anointed you with expensive oil,
      let us break open our hearts
      and anoint you with love
      O Christ,
      who saves us from hatred and fear.

    4. Hey Father, I don't care if you're one of them or not. You're blog is great and you're a preist so as long as you're not a chickenhawk. you're OK. It's as you say, we need not fight here. But we should stand up demand better gun laws and equal protection for all citizens. We need more than prayers. We need to feel safe and accepted.

  5. Is it possible to change? It is really getting scary and depressing out there. Jesus did say, "Behold, I make all things new." It just seems there is no other way but to turn toward Jesus.

  6. "Behold I make all things new." That Jesus-promise starts with each of us.