In October, Pope Francis formally gave permission for Roman Catholic masses in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to be celebrated in Tzotzil and Tzeltal, the two native languages that are the only languages spoken by 65% of the population – and Christmas masses were for the first time celebrated in those languages. For this validation of the ways and languages of native peoples, and for the word of God spoken in words the people of God can understand, we give thanks to you, O God. (Posted 12/25/2013)
In intercession we, the intercessors, need to know something of the circumstances to kindle our concern. God already knows it all, but it seems in the mystery of humanity where God has given us free will, he will not bypass this and treat us like robots. Our love and concern seem to open the way for God’s energy to flow into the world. Meister Eckert said: “Every act reveals God and expands God’s being.” We can think of intercession as expanding God’s being in every situation we open to Him. – Sr. Margaret Mary, SPB, in “Seeking God in the Silence”
So, God, source of all life and being, we bring our concerns for the world to You, that Your energy, light, and love may be unleashed to transform what is broken; to heal who and what are wounded; to make straight what is crooked and destructive; to build up and enliven what is good and true, that Your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord, in the stillness of our deepest hearts beyond all words, lighten the darkness…
- Of those still struggling to cope and recover from the 100 mph winds in the UK, leaving more than 40,000 homes without power as sub-arctic temperatures move in and threatening severe floods in coastal areas
- The continuing slow recovery from the devastation of Typhoon Haiphen in the Philippines
- Cyclone Lehar in the Indian and Far Eastern countries and all other natural disasters
- As the world mourns the loss of Statesman Nelson Mandela and all he meant to South Africa, the world, and the devastation of apartheid
- Of those facing unremitting violence and unrest in so many countries including Thailand, Afghanistan, Mexico, Peru, Syria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Egypt, South Africa, the Central African Republic. These situations bring the words of Nelson Mandela to mind, “The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.”
- Of those mourning the dead and wounded in the police helicopter crash on a pub in Glasgow, Scotland
- And we give thanks for all those, who forgetting themselves, run toward these disasters to help others
God, ever merciful and full of forgiveness, compassion and faithful love, bless and encourage…
- All aid workers helping others in disaster zones and also in our local communities often caring for the marginalized and forgotten
- All those relatives, friends, and care-takers providing loving support for those seemingly lost in dementia, but not lost to You
- Every act of kindness, love and selflessness, that it may spread a web of love and peace in the world to counteract the malign selfishness and greed encouraged by so many interests at this time of year
At this time of waiting and preparation for Your coming, remind us again daily that your way is not the way of power and domination, but of self-giving love and sacrifice for all. Challenge our narrow and often sadly judgmental views.
Remind us that because You chose to forsake all to come as a helpless human – to live and learn and grow as we do – you enabled Easter to happen. Your death and resurrection opened the gateway to reconciliation with You. Give us the courage to say “Yes” to You as Mary did when Gabriel came and disrupted her life with the news of what You wanted of her. This life we live is a construction zone for each one of us and also for Your world. Transform us, by Your light and love, into the people and world You created us to be.
Creator and Sustainer of all that has been, for all that is and all that shall be, we gather in your holy presence. To you we offer praise and thanksgiving for all of the blessings you provide. In this time of worship we come seeking your grace, your wisdom and your peace. Hear us now as we pray and in your love guide us into action.
Loving One, we live in your world; a place of beauty and mystery; a place we often take for granted and at times neglect. Forgive us when our selfish ways block us from you, open our eyes and hearts to all that surrounds us so that we may fully live your compassion in the world.
We are a complex people, O God, help us to find a simpler path so that we may live out our faith in ways that bring your shalom to all the world.
We pray for your world, for the places where war and death abound;
– for the places where poverty and corruption over ride justice and peace;
– for the places where environmental issues are ignored;
– for the places where dignity and respect are lost.
We pray for peace and the people of Columbia who are beginning peace talks with the country’s second largest rebel group, the ELN.
We pray for Syria, in this time of conflict, we pray that calm and justice will fill those in power bringing an end to the violence and turmoil there.
We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones:
– remembering those who were killed in a bus accident near the Kenyan town of Narok, west of Nairobi
– remembering those injured and killed when a clothes factory under construction collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
– remembering those killed in a landslide in eastern Mexico
– remembering those killed and wounded by a series of bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad
– remembering the UN peacekeeper in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed this week.
May your grace surround and uphold all who mourn this day.
In the midst of conflict and pain we see your work in the world.
We give thanks:
– for the rescue of the two boats off Sicily where more than 300 migrants were brought safely to shore. We pray for their continued safety and well-being.
– for those who work tirelessly for peace and justice.
– for those whose actions of compassion and kindness go unreported. May we all strive to love and care for one another.
Holy One, accept these, the prayers of your people, prayed in the name of
the One who taught us to pray, “Our Father…..”