Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Intercessions ~ Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Observing Ash Wednesday this week,/ we ask for ourselves and all the Church,/ a Lenten time of renewal and growth./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Francis said this week:/ "One group of individuals cannot control half of the world's  resources./ We cannot allow for persons and entire peoples to have a right only to gather the remaining crumbs."/ May we experience a change of attitude,/ from indifference and fear/ to one of justice and fraternity./ We pray to the Lord.

This week/ regulations protecting the nation's rivers and streams from coal dumping and runoff/ were rolled back./ Our lives were formed in water;/ are essentially made of and sustained by water./ It was in baptism waters that we met Jesus for the first time./ We pray to reverence and safeguard/ this most precious gift of God./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who live in ruined parts of the world,/ where there is no delight,/ no safety,/ no sense of hope and future./ And that we would take nothing for granted./ We pray to the Lord.

An historic Jewish cemetery was desecrated in Missouri this week./ Grant this country a new heart,/ freed of anti-semitism,/ racism and every kind of bigotry/ Console those who are grieved by violence and hatred./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those countries caught in power struggles/ where there is no will to peace./ For our families and friends,/ for the protection of children,/ the sick,/ the weak and the vulnerable./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. For equality and social justice I pray. But I also pray that I can make a difference, beyond prayer. I want to do something physical, tangible, so I can see that I helped.

  2. Clean water is a necessity for our planet. Not only for us, but for the plants and animals also. How can we continue to abuse what God has given us?

  3. Thank you for your continued prayers. It is important for everyone to stay focused on what is important.

  4. Let us remember that as we leave Ordinary Time for Lent that we should make the most of these weeks of preparation so that we can welcome the risen Jesus with clean hearts. It will make Easter all the more joyful if we remember what God really did for us. A little sacrifice on our part, and some charitable works will help us to be better people.