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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Intercessions ~ Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time



We pray for the many millions of people suffering heartache this week/ following earthquakes,/ repeated hurricanes,/ floods,/ fires,/ wars and terrible violence./ We pray to the Lord.

The political scene in our country is troubling:/ self-veneration,/ the seeking of power and fame,/ hyper-partisanship,/ the blatant despising of others,/ narcissism and menace./ We pray for a national conversion./ We pray to the Lord.

Autumn has begun,/ and the trees will drop many thousands of leaves./ May we drop resentment,/ willful ignorance,/ selfishness and superficiality./ We pray to the Lord.

May we be freed  from the spirit of guilt,/ which freezes past moments of regret,/ which easily becomes our point of self-identification/ and keeps us weak in serving Christ./ We pray to the Lord

We pray for the healing of those who are raised in humiliation and shame./ For families where old wounds are kept alive,/ where there is bitterness,/ sickness or dysfunction./ For those who are loved by no one./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the Feast of  Saint Vincent de Paul,/ the 17th century priest-patron of charity./ Bless us with generous hearts,/ may we be a church that welcomes all,/ that refuses no one./ We pray to the Lord.

5 comments:

  1. These are some of your best yet. Praying to let go of resentments, regrets, guilt and feelings of weakness. Making ourselves stronger so that we may help others.

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    1. Yes, once we're inwardly free - a whole new world of love, mercy and compassion opens to us. Thank you for sharing in the prayer.

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  2. If one stops to think about the forces we encounter in nature, we would only begin to realize the far reaching power of God in the world.

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    1. Yes indeed, and can you imagine what the world would be like if we opened ourselves to the full POWER of love which God has planted in us.

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