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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Intercessions ~ Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Desecrated Torah Scrolls ~ Kristallnacht 1938

Pope Francis has led us in prayer this week:/ May we see citizens; not votes./ May we see migrants; not quotas,/ workers; not economic markers,/ the poor; not statistics,/ May we see faces; not abstractions./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of the Lateran Basilica/ the Pope's church as Bishop of Rome./ We ask for the Church to be freed of so much reflecting upon its own divisions and problems/ and to be built up as an agent of dialogue in a divided world,/ solidarity,/ inclusion,/ reconciliation and human development./ We pray to the Lord.

Wednesday is the memorial of Kristallnacht/ the night which set in motion the Nazi elimination of Jews from Germany:/ murdering and injuring scores,/ destroying Jewish schools,/ synagogues,/ homes and businesses./ We pray for a world freed of Jewish hatred,/ and for the healing of memories./ We pray to the Lord.

Saturday is Veteran's Day,/ originally called Armistice Day/ marking the end of the First World War./ We pray for a peaceful world./ For veterans who are damaged physically,/ emotionally or spiritually./ We pray blessings for veterans' groups which advocate peace in our world./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who were injured in Tuesday's attack in New York City,/ and blessings for the police,/ investigators and rescuers./ We ask comfort for mourners,/ and new hearts for those who do evil,/ violent things./ We pray to the Lord.

With the turning back of clocks/ we begin to experience the winter's darkness./ May we discover something of the darkness within our own souls:/ the indifference to injustice,/ our settling for ignorance,/ and acceptance of the lies we are told./ We pray to the Lord.

*Sometimes I'm asked if I really believe God answers these weekly prayers for the Church and the world? I let God be God. All I care about is that God would see my heart awake before him, and that if nothing else changes on this planet, my heart does. 


  1. I think your last statement is most beautiful. That God recognizes my open heart. You make prayer seem so worth the effort.

  2. Thank you for writing. Yes, I think prayer is worth the effort - but for me the effort is to keep the prayer simple and heartfelt. Sometimes we layer and decorate and complicate religion (our prayer) so terribly, I hardly think Jesus would recognize it as having come from him.

  3. Yes, beginning with my heart; your heart.