Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Intercessions ~Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"And when he sat down... he opened his mouth and taught them, saying..."

The first and most important word of American Democracy is "We"/ "We the People."/ For a new sense of national community/ freed of so much hostility;/ rooted in courtesy and kindness./ We pray to the Lord.

The Gospel this Sunday begins with Jesus going up the mountain/ and sitting down in authority to teach us./ We pray to be a teachable people:/ less defensive,/ less prideful./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray to know deeply that each human person is precious and a child of God,/ and that we would know the blessings of being peacemakers,/ healers and reconcilers./ We pray to the Lord.

Jesus teaches:/ Blessed are those who are persecuted./ We ask for the softening of hateful hearts,/ and for the safe-guarding of Christian communities where they are vulnerable and threatened./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of the Lord's Presentation in the Temple,/ where Simeon calls the Infant Jesus/ "Light"./ We pray to be illumined interiorly,/ seeing clearly how to live the unique life God envisions for each of us./ We pray to the Lord.

Strengthen and comfort the sick,/ bless those who care for them./ Heal the spiritual illness that reduces others with dismissive categories,/ labels and names./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the many whose suffering was brought on this week by tornadoes,/ floods and acvalanches./ Send help to those who are tempted to forfeit belief/ in a world saddened by so much trouble and grief./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Life is a series of lessons. How many of us are willing to change interiorly as we are taught new things? When we stop growing spiritually we die from the inside out.

  2. We have reduced religion to dogma, ritual and morality, while religion is essentially an experience of God which is transformative. We must recapture this. Everyone who meets Jesus in the Gospels goes away changed - except for one young man with a lot of power and a lot of money who "walked away sad."

  3. I see in the church today, that dogma, ritual and morality are losing out. Some kind of reform is needed. Churches are trying to reconnect with the people. The church has to be a place of consolation and happiness. The Beatitudes could be a guide. Its a softer way to go.