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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Intercessions ~ Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week,/ Pope Francis visited the people of Amatrice, Italy,/ whose town was completely destroyed by an earthquake in August./ We pray for people everywhere who suffer terrible losses in natural disasters and wars./ We pray to the Lord.

As the nation celebrates Columbus Day on Monday,/ we pray in this election time/ for our country to make the fresh discoveries of reciprocal decency,/ genuine courtesy and charity./ We pray to the Lord.

Asking for the forgiveness of our own sins,/ we join the Jewish world in their Wednesday observance of Yom Kippur,/ their day of atonement and purification./ We pray to the Lord. 

Forge a new heart-solidarity in us with those who are little,/ weak and easily forgotten./ Give us new eyes to detect and enjoy God's presence/ each day this week./ We pray to the Lord.

The leper who is healed in the Gospel today/ was considered a heretic by official Judaism./ That we would put away all the negative judgments of other people/ realizing more deeply our own frailty and need before God./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the sick, the wounded and injured/ and for those who receive no medical attention./ We intercede for those whose disease is interior/ afflicted by bigotry,/ hatred or indifference./ We pray to the Lord. 

Praying for those who have died,/ we ask especially for family and friends/ to live happily in the place of God's mercy and light./ And that we would be given all we need for our own salvation./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. It saddens me to think of those who have to suffer without medical attention available to them, even in our own country. God bless those who suffer, may our prayers for them be heard.

  2. Years ago, as I was walking back up the aisle after saying good-bye to the Sunday Mass folks, an agitated usher came up to me and said, I'm so sick and tired hearing about THEM." Not having a clue what he was talking about, I asked, "Who is THEM?" He said, "In your sermon; talking about the poor." I imagined he was one of those people who believes everyone should just "pull themselves up by their bootstraps." But then while driving back to New York State from Florida, a road detour in Georgia sent me off through the backwoods where I got lost and came across the most stunning poverty I'd ever seen. Worse than shacks - just piles of trash somehow attached or leaned together to form a shelter and with half-dressed children standing outside watching the road. How could anyone ever imagine "pulling oneself up by his bootstraps" out here? What we would call a "God-forsaken" place. No school. No real clothing. No place for shopping. No electricity. No sewage. To be sure, no medical attention. And in the United States of America. I could barely think, only feel, O my God!

  3. So much of our deficiency stems from our lack of basic human compassion. This is what I work on most as a pass through this life. I only hope it is enough.