We pray for Pope Francis and his continued good health and strength to do the difficult work of shepherding the church toward the vision set forth by Jesus in his mission and message of mercy, we pray to the Lord.
For the Church: that we may be instruments of God’s mercy and forgiveness as we refrain from judging others and instead offer encouragement and support to those seeking to change their lives, we pray to the Lord.
For conversion of heart: that we may give up down playing or rationalizing our sinfulness and instead accept God’s generous offer of mercy, we pray to the Lord.
For all who have experienced abuse: that God will heal their spirits, free them from painful memories, and enable them to live and use their gifts fully, we pray to the Lord.
For all who are suffering, particularly refugees and those affected by natural disasters: that they may know the power of Christ’s resurrection and the hope the Christ offers for tomorrow, we pray to the Lord.
For freedom of spirit: that as we acknowledge our own faults, we may surrender them to God, confident that Jesus does not condemn us, we pray to the Lord.
For an increased respect for human life, from conception to natural death, among leaders of nations around the world, we pray to the Lord.
For all who have died: that they may share in Christ’s defeat of death and be clothed in the new life of the resurrection, we pray to the Lord.
For the intentions in our parish book of prayer and for the intentions of our hearts, we pray to the Lord.