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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sunday Intercessions ~ Feast of Corpus Christi

On this Feast of Corpus Christi/ we remember that Jesus chose to stay with us as food./ We pray for those who have inadequate food - especially children./ And for the privileged world to stop wasting food./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray blessings for fathers around the world,/ and ask for strengthening where their parenting is especially difficult/ or where they fail their chidlren./ We pray too for those who graduate this month./  We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the safety of summer travelers and vacationers./ We ask for these months to be a time of restoration and renewal,/ mindful of those who get no time away/ or who suffer in the heat./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday was the feast of St. Anthony of Padua - patron of lost things./ We ask Anthony to help us find Jesus where we have lost him to bitterness or distracting fears./ And for the Church/ where it loses its Christ-center in defensiveness,/ exclusion and power./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the conversion of hearts where there is injustice,/ indifference,/ lies and cover-ups./ And may we find Christ this week in some surprising new way./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who are chronically sick,/ pained or weak./ For those who care for the sick,/ the immigrant and the needy./ For the recovery of those who were injured in the Virginia attack this week/ and blessings for all who came to rescue and help./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Samantha CarrollJune 15, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    I think one of the most important things we pray for here is the conversion of hearts. There would be much less hurt in the world and people in need if more hearts were softened and opened.

  2. We worry about terrorism, war and all the evils of the world. We should. But also I pray for all the people who suffer their own tragedies; accidents and illnesses, loss of jobs, drug or alcoholism, etc. They need our prayers so that they may find strength to keep their faith in God and persevere.

  3. For people to be able to see beyond themselves and to recognize their mistakes and how they could have helped others. Would this be a conversion of heart?

  4. In the ancient Christian world the "heart" is the place from which thoughts originate. This is why Jesus says, "Blessed are the clean of heart." And in another Gospel place Jesus ticks off those dark bits that originate in the heart: theft, murder, adultery.... It isn't often that we hear someone say, "You know, I was wrong about that. You make a good point." Changing my mind about important things - things that matter - can very much be a reflection of "conversion". Turning.

  5. Amen. And thanks for the 'Corpus Christi' reminder.

  6. Yeah, there's this string of Sunday feasts after Ascension: Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi - like a great overflow of Easter!

  7. Nothing feeds our hearts with more love and joy than the Eucharist. We can become vessels of comfort for the less unfortunate. This is such a beautiful painting of the Tabernacle. The chalice seems so real. Its hard to believe it is a painting.

  8. Two artist friends have told me that what makes a painting great is the use of light. Notice the shadow of the chalice behind it a little to the right and the reflection of light on the gold cup itself. Ourselves as "vessels of comfort" - yes - those vessels filled with light as well. Happy Feast Day!