Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Plantain Lily ~ Assumption Flower

Monday is the Feast of Mary's Easter,/ her Assumption./ Give new joy to the Church/ as we are brothers and sisters gathered in the Lord/ and with Mary, our Mother./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for new hearts/ which like pregnant Mary/ bring Jesus to a world of disorder and despair./ We pray to the Lord.

While our own nation is absorbed in election year politics/ let us not forget the rest of the world,/ offering prayer for people who are struggling and suffering pain,/ hardship and sorrow./ We pray to the Lord.

Grant healing to the people of our country/ where we forget courtesy,/ tolerance and patience./ Convert violent hearts./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the safety and health of our friends/ those who help us to feel more alive./ We pray as well for anyone who is a source of irritation,/ trouble/ or the loss of our peace./ We pray to the Lord.

As these summer days are still filled with light,/ we pray for people who live in the darkness of hate./ We pray too for the sick,/ the wounded,/ the mentally troubled/ for mourners./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who have died this week/ in wars,/ disasters,/ in the service of others,/ or by injustice./ For the salvation of all./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. It is difficult to forgive, but vengeance doesn't get us anywhere. For the conversion of blackened hearts, I pray to the Lord.

  2. At times life is troubling and it is difficult to look beyond our own troubles. These prayers help me to keep an open heart and keep the world in a larger embrace.

    1. "open heart" - "larger embrace" - there's really nothing else to say.There's the crucifix: the pierced side of Jesus giving every human person access to Christ's heart and his arms stretched east and west as, pulling or gathering the whole world to himself. Mother-like.