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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Intercessions ~ Third Sunday of Easter

Pope Francis visits Egypt this weekend/ standing in friendship with persecuted Coptic Christians/ and in dialogue with Muslim leaders./ We pray for his safety,/ asking that his visit would bear the fruit of peace./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for the brightness of the Risen Christ to shine in dark hearts:/ in the military-industrial complex,/ in politicians and clerics,/ in government,/ the judiciary system and finance industry./ We pray to the Lord.

Twenty million people in Somalia,/ South Sudan,/ Nigeria and Yemen are threatened with starvation/ among them more than a million children./ We pray for them/ and wherever children are orphaned,/ abandoned or in crisis./ We pray to the Lord.

The Risen Christ was recognized in the breaking of the bread./ We ask a blessing on our Eucharistic worship/ and that we would see Christ also in those around us at Mass:/ the children,/ the newcomer and visitor,/ those who are worn down or alone./ We pray for those who stay away from Mass./ We pray to the Lord.

We seem increasingly to see each other no longer as Americans/ but as divided Republicans and Democrats./ We ask for a new national community,/ with a renewed sense of what is best for all - not just some./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the many in our country held in the tight grip of drug addiction./ We pray for those who produce,/ smuggle and sell drugs./ And for those who mourn the loss of loved ones lost to this dark aspect of life today./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for any who have died since last Easter./ For deceased soldiers and sailors,/ aid workers and rescuers,/ family and friends./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I have never felt the divisiveness before that is so evident today. It seems that everywhere we go there is heated political discussion. It exists in the workplace, schools, churches and even within our families. It makes for tension and leads to disagreement over what is right and what is wrong. I wish we could get past it and move on to get some more pressing problems under control.

  2. A friend said this morning that he believes this is the new Civil War - brother against brother. It is sad that we have come to this. The depth of feeling behind the arguing and the readiness to go to the block for one's political party, news outlet or radio talk show host suggests this is our new religion - with the new sacraments of making money, eating and shopping. The New York Stock Exchange begins and ends each day with the ringing of a bell - beckoning people to the new church with its new liturgy.

    1. I think it is even deeper rooted than money. I see the human race marching towards extinction as we devolve into a hateful group of intolerant beings that cannot see both sides of an issue intelligently. Is it so hard to put on the shoes of another and walk in them a few miles to get a different perspective? I don't know Father, but it is worrisome that my children and grandchildren will grow up thinking that this is normal behavior.

  3. I'm not a parent, of course, but I feel with you and all the parents who share the deep concern for your children and grandchildren. So what can you do? When I was a seminarian my father was living alone and I would drive to visit him when I could get free. We'd sit for awhile and have a chat and then I'd stand and tell him I had to get back to keep curfew. He always walked me to the door and said, "Keep the faith, son." I think that was an old Irish-ism he learned from his folks who were Irish immigrants. It wasn't easy being Catholic in Ireland when they were young. There was a great deal set against them. So, "Keep the faith," Tina: your prayer and worship, your good deeds, kind listening, patience, humility, hospitality, freedom from hatred.... You understand. And I send a blessing your way in the Easter time - with your children and grandchildren in mind.