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Ideas for General Intercessions

These ideas are designed to be starting points for the prayers of a particular community of faith.

Joe Milner

For the Church: that we who have died with Christ in baptism may recognize our dignity in being children of God and sisters and brothers to one another

For wisdom: that we may embrace the paradox that our effort to control life produces no results while surrendering to God will provide abundant life

For the grace of insight: that we may love our spouse and family as God loves them and be a source of encouragement toward a fuller response to all that God asks of them

For a spirit of hospitality: that we may welcome all who enter our lives as we would welcome Christ with great love and generously share our time and talents with them

For greater perseverance: that God will give strength and hope to all who suffer because they practice the values and principles of the Gospel and help them never to give up

For the grace to live the Gospel: that we may love God with our whole heart and strength and learn to love everyone in our lives as God loves them

For a reordering of our pursuits: that God will free us from idolatrous struggles for power, fame, social status, and possessions and help us find fulfillment in loving service and life-giving relationships

For all who have recently been baptized: that they may continue to die to their old way of life and experience God’s new life drawing them into greater virtue and compassion

For all who are called to prophetic ministry; that they may bring forth words of truth from their prayer and speak those words effectively so that the powerful will be disquieted and the poor and suffering will find hope

For all who are struggling with addictions, particularly with opioids: that God will free them, help them find the assistance they need, and restore them to their families

For an end to polemics in public discourse: that God will touch the hearts of public officials and help them to speak respectfully and truthfully in pursuing their programs and policies

For all youth: that God will guide them through the challenges and confusion of life and help them grow to the fullest potential

For care for our common home: that we may recognize God’s gift of the earth and its resources to us and work to preserve it so that all of earth's inhabitants may be blessed by it

For all who are suffering: that God strengthen all who are facing the power of nature, guide all who are in difficult relationships, and give peace to all who are wrongly judged or misunderstood

For all who have died, particularly those who have served our nation: that they may live in the peace of God’s presence forever

[USA] For our nation: that God will guide us in living the values which we proclaim so that all may experience life, liberty, and justice

Joe Milner coordinates RCIA and is a member of the Liturgy Planning Team for St. Francis Xavier College Church on Saint Louis University campus in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about St. Francis Xavier go to:

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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