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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Intercessions ~ Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration

Saturday is International Youth Day./ We pray for young people to value their gifts and to be generous in sharing them./ We pray for young people who are unable to grow/ due to poverty, corruption, or power abuse./ We pray to the Lord. 

Today is the Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration./ We pray to be Christ's family,/ living in his light,/ distancing ourselves from the darkness of greed,/ hatred,/ arrogance and ignorance./ We pray to the Lord.

At the start of August we pray for those who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries/ and other days of remembrance./ For the safety and enjoyment of summer travelers and vacationers./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of Saint Lawrence the deacon-martyr./ Bless the deacons of the world with a love of the Gospel and of the poor./ Strengthen Christians who who are in trouble for their faith in Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

In the United States/ each day an estimated 140 people die from drug overdose./ We pray for the restoration of our national health,/ and for the desire to live lives of inner freedom and joy./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis and for those who resist his message,/ especially as that resistance is found among bishops and the parish clergy./ We ask for him/ health,/ strength/ and to be sustained in the joy of the Gospel./ We pray to the Lord.

Both Korea and the United States claim the Virgin Mary as patroness/ under the title of the Immaculate Conception./ We ask her intercession in this time of tremendous tension/ placing all of creation under God's merciful care./ We pray to the Lord. 


  1. When World Youth Day comes each year, I see a glimmer of hope for the Church's future. They are young and enthusiastic and energized. Let's look to the future and change. I pray to the Lord.

    1. More than a glimmer, for me.

      I was one of 'those crazy kids' in the '60s: and never quite lost the idea that there's 'more to life than this,' and that we can do better.

      It's good, but not surprising, that many youth today are just as ready to support a good cause as some of my contemporaries. I'm reasonably sure that some will be as stubborn as I am: or nearly so. ;)

  2. Pope Francis has an impossible job, but he always carries himself with grace. God is with him.

  3. Your needle and thread pulling things things together for us. My heart stays open to what you remind us of.

  4. How is it possible that 140 people die each day of a drug overdose. If you ask any kid, they will tell you that drugs and smoking are bad for you. Then they grow up and do drugs and smoke. Why does this happen? Where is the disconnect between teaching, learning and reality?

  5. I don't know the exact chapter and verse but somewhere St. Paul says, "The good that I want to do, I don't do, and bad that I don't want to do, I do." God help us.