Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Native Asters ~ Early Autumn

At the start of a new week/ we pray not to be overcome by challenges or adversity/ but that each day we would discover how to fulfill God's purposes./ We pray to the Lord.

Receive the prayers we make for the members of the Church around the world,/ that Christians everywhere would serve God truly and devoutly,/ in safety and in peace./ We pray to the Lord.

This past week at Assisi,/ Pope Francis met with religious leaders from around the world to talk about and pray for peace./ We ask blessings for this effort./ And that we would be peace-makers./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who are having surgery this week,/ for the elderly,/ the chronically sick and those who care for them./ We remember as well,/ that in so much of the world there is no place or personnel to care for the injured,/ the frail and the dying./ We pray to the Lord. 

Thursday is the Feast of the Archangels Michael,/ Gabriel and Raphael./ We ask heaven to protect us from evil and danger,/ and that with angels/ our prayer would be strong in praising and thanking God./ We pray to the Lord.

For our families and our friends,/ we ask the healing of old wounds,/ addictions,/ money problems,/ resentments and anxieties./ Give new life,/ joy and hope to families which are dysfunctional or broken./ We pray to the Lord.

For relatives and dear ones who have died,/ remembering too the many who die each day by murder,/ suicide,/ untreated disease and war./ And that we would each be given what we need for our own salvation./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Your posts are basically lessons for us on the Beatitudes, which are at the heart of Jesus' preaching. Good work!

  2. And thank you for following the posts and for your good prayer. God be with you!

  3. You mean so much to me Fr. Stephen. I don't know what I'd do if you stopped writing Pauca Verba. It is my connection to you, my lifeline. I feel like I still know you and love you when I read your posts.

  4. And how thankful am I to have known so many good people over the past 37 (YIKES!) years: teachable, prayerful, struggling, faithful, generous. P.S. I have no plan or desire to stop writing these posts - it's a very important part of my priest-life. Thanks for being part of it. Bless you!