Spring officially begins tomorrow./ We pray to witness in ourselves and in the Church/ evidence of the season's characteristics:/ new life,/ thawing,/ warming/ and the greening of faith,/ prayer and community./ We pray to the Lord.
This past week much of the country was under snow./ We pray for those who suffered injury,/ damage or costly losses./ Prayers of gratitude for all who helped to keep others safe and well./ We pray to the Lord.
Often our treatment of other people is ferocious:/ strangers,/ children,/ refugees,/ those perceived to be the enemy or simply different./ May our minds be tamed and our hearts opened./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for our planet and those who shamelessly exploit it:/ the resources,/ the plants and animals,/ the air and the water./ Grant us a new reverence for the paradise-gift we have been given./ We pray to the Lord.
During Lent there are people who are preparing for Baptism at Easter./ We pray for them/ and ask for some new insight into the meaning of our own Baptism./ And for any who have abandoned their Baptism call./ We pray to the Lord.
Grant strength,/ hope and healing to the sick,/ blessings for all whose work is the care of others in hospitals,/nursing homes,/ hospices and clinics./ And for the healing and conversion of prisoners./ We pray to the Lord.