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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Trade Center from the Staten Island Ferry

Today we remember the great sadness of September 11, 2001./ We pray for the inner healing of so many family and friends who lost loved ones that day,/ and for the health of 9/11 first-responders and helpers./ We pray to the Lord. 

Last Sunday/ Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a saint./ We pray to learn well her simple teaching:/ To do small things with great love./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the Church/ and for our country,/ that we would keep our faces heavenward,/ lest we grow hard of heart./ We pray to the Lord. 

Let us pray for the many who need protection and help./ For babies in the womb to be kept safe,/ for those who care for the elderly and the sick,/ for anyone facing difficult decisions,/ for those who are homesick./ We pray to the Lord.

Students and teachers have returned to school./ We pray blessings for all,/ and that we would  love learning./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross./ We pray for the up-lifting of those who feel defeated,/ depressed,/ overwhelmed or despairing./ And for Christians who suffer imprisonment,/ abuse,/ pain and even death in troubled parts of the world./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally/ we pray for those who have died:/ among them children trapped in poverty and domestic violence,/ war and disaster./ And for our own salvation./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Difficult to believe that this tragic day happened 15 years ago. For all those who still suffer the pain of loss and for those who had their lives forever changed, I pray.

  2. My heart aches for all these people who suffer both outwardly and inwardly. While some of us move one from painful losses, there are those that become trapped in depression and feelings of constant despair. It is hard to sit by and watch helplessly, but I pray for their recovery. Years do not always heal their burning scars, but maybe our prayers will help to soften the sting.

  3. I can't remember the source, but it makes sense to me: "Time doesn't heal wounds; God does." And extending friendship can help to heal too.

  4. We ask God for so much. For us to do something for ourselves and for others, let us pray. A simple act of helpful kindness.

  5. Sometimes the silence is deafening. The sense of loss and longing that is always with you even as life goes on. You participate as you should, laughing when appropriate, working, eating, sleeping, but the joy never really comes back.

  6. Sometimes the loss is a person. Sometimes the loss is a dream or hope. Both can be crushing. And that suffering becomes woven in, a part of us. Suffering reveals what we are made of.

  7. You are good at what you do. You make people feel important.

  8. And I'm sorry for any time, over these now many years, that I have missed doing that