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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.


  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.