Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Intercessions ~ Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Living in a dangerous world/ marred by violence and hatred,/ we entrust ourselves,/ our families,/ neighbors and parishes to God,/ asking for safety,/ and the change of heart God desires for each of us./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all whose lives are disrupted by the vagaries of summer:/ drought,/ fires,/ floods,/ storms and heat./ And that we would care for one another/ not only in times of calamity, but everyday./ We pray to the Lord.

At the center of our Christian lives is the broken bread/ which is given away./ We pray for those who have no bread/ and that each of us who worship this weekend,/ would see to it/ for our part/ that someone is fed who would otherwise go hungry./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anna/ the parents of the Virgin Mary./ We ask the blessings of wisdom for parents around the world,/ and for the healing of families ruined by drug abuse,/ unemployment,/ anger or emotional problems./ We pray to the Lord. 

This Friday marks the start of the First World War in 1914./ We ask for world leaders who are intelligent and generously dedicated to creating a world that is at peace,/ which is a world of justice./ We pray to the Lord.

Our federal government is not functioning well these days;/ we ask for the healing of bitter partisan divisions,/ and behaviour that is foolish,/ prideful,/ disingenuous or dysfunctional./ Bless our leaders with a new desire to be of service./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. For all these things I pray to be more of and to help when I am in a position to make a difference. Open eyes and open hearts.

  2. I fear that we are falling to pieces and it is much worse than not functioning well. I pray for more mature behavior from our leaders as well as a desire to serve. Name calling and blame passing never gets anyone anywhere good.

    1. I agree, but when writing a prayer I have to be careful not use language that might get someone inflamed. Then fights start. These are contentious days and the internet is the shoot-em-up new wild west.