Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Intercessions ~ Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Bartholomew ~ El Greco

We pray for Pope Francis,/ who has many set against him for his continued call to welcome refugees./ We ask for a world that solves problems and crises creatively and with great kindness./ We pray to the Lord. 

Jesus never wrote a book/ because he wanted to give us a new way of life/ and not an intellectual exercise./ We pray to understand and embrace this new heart-challenge./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of the Apostle and Martyr,/ Saint Bartholomew./ We pray for the Christians of the Middle East/ whose enemies want them removed or destroyed./ We pray to the Lord.

A week after the violence of Charlottesville,/ we pray for the nation to name its demons boldly./ We pray for a change of heart,/ and that we would learn to love God and neighbor rightly./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask soundness of mind for our leaders,/ generosity of heart and spirit,/ and the desire to serve and unify an embittered country./ We pray to the Lord.

"Jews will not replace us" was one of the new-Nazi slogans chanted last week./ Jesus and his Mother were Jewish./ For the stain of anti-semitism to be washed out of our country./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the people who are considered to be of less value./ We pray for the American family which is often weak and afflicted./ For the safety and well-being of our own families and friends./ We pray to the Lord. 


  1. That the tragedies like Charlottesville never happen again, we pray.

  2. Jesus led by example. He didn't leave us written instructions on how to live as Christians because it should come from the heart. We are born as trusting and loving beings with Christ within us. I pray for people to try to find that spirit of Christianity that becomes hidden by hate.

  3. The only way to drown out the voices of hate is to scream louder. You are doing that here Father Stephen. You are sending out the right messages here. I pray that they are read near and far.

  4. Thank you for the prayer companionship. "Keep the faith" my Irish father used to say. Bless your Sunday!