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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Intercessions ~ Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


The Call of the Prophet Amos ~ James Smetham 1875

At Mass today we are introduced to the Prophet Amos/ whose ancient message illuminates the present moment in which we live./ May we be more brave in embracing God's alternate way of life,/ strong of conscience and less silent before injustice./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our country to turn continually in the direction of its founding principles:/ to be the nation of all colors and kinds,/ choosing to live by love,/ not hatred./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who are chronically sick,/ emotionally troubled,/ recovering from accidents and wounds./ For the inner healing of the war-traumatized./ For those in nursing homes and hospices./ For the strengthening of those who care for the sick./ We pray to the Lord.

May we not judge as naive our prayers for a peaceful world,/ but allow for the heart-possibilities of a world without war,/ and the industries that garner huge profits off the preparation for war./ We pray to the Lord.

For the world's children./ For the children orphaned by war,/ disease and disaster./ For the children separated from their families,/ and for grieving parents./ We pray to the Lord.

Grant safety to summer travelers and vacationers./ For those who get no summer rest or renewal./ For those whose summertime work benefits and blesses us,/ mindful of those who must work in the heat/ or whose pay is insufficient or un-just./ We pray to the Lord.

5 comments:

  1. These are even more excellent than usual Father. Remembering those who work tirelessly for others, without a break; to not judge our prayers impotent, but rather to keep our hearts full of hope; and the encouragement to be braver to express our conscience; It is all full of wisdom! Amen!!!

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    1. Bless your day and your family, Chris. Thanks for joining the prayer!

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  2. How does someone really know where they stand with you? How do they know they aren't only important in the moment? When do you really consider someone a friend that can be trusted, rather than a friendly acquaintance that can be forgotten without a thought.

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    1. This is a spiritual blog. This kind of questioning isn't appropriate here. I'm not here to be everyone's friend, especiallly "friend" on demand. These questions you're asking sound like an interview for one of the dating services we see advertized on TV. Be content for what the blog offers.

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  3. It is so important to remember to lift up your voices against injustice. You don't have be be an activist to do this, but don't sit passively by and let it happen. Say something, do something, even if just to write letters to people who CAN make changes. Say something if you are in a conversation or situation where your voice can be heard, and don't sit there silently. We can make a small difference, each and every one of us.

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