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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 God will help us be signs of God’s presence through our deeds of loving service and our compassion for all who are in need

For openness of heart: that we may allow the pain and suffering of others to move our hearts and spirits to a loving response

For insight: that God will help us recognize our neighbor in the refugee, the homeless person, and in the members of other cultures, and inspire us in responding to their needs today

For conversion of our spirit: that God will teach us how to love with our whole heart and guide us in moving our religious ideals from ideas to concrete practices

For freedom of spirit: that God will free us from fear, attachments and wounds so that we may fully respond to all that God asks of us

For deeper faith: that God will lead us to an ever deeper and more life-giving relationship with Christ, the firstborn of creation and from the dead

For all who have been the victims of crime: that God will restore their loss, heal the wounds which they have suffered and help them to continue to be open to those who come into their lives

For all who care for those in need, particularly those working in outreach ministries or caring for the homebound: that God will strengthen them so that they may continue to bring God’s love and compassion to those whom they serve

For reconciliation: that the work of Christ in reconciling all things in himself may bear fruit in our lives, amongst religious communities, and in our civic society

For all who are ill: that they may know the tender touch of God through the prayer and care of this community

For a healing of racism: that all people may look upon one another as sisters and brothers and work for the advancement of one another

For a growth in respect in civic dialogue: that political leaders may listen to opposing views, respect the dignity of those with different ideas, and strive to find a path that will promote the welfare of all

For all who are experiencing violence, particularly the people of Central America: that God will quell the violence, heal those who were injured, and protect the innocent

For better stewardship of God’s creation: that as we acknowledge that all creation came through Christ, we may work to honor and protect it as a sign of God’s love for us

For peace: that in the midst of struggles and challenges, we may turn to Christ whose death and resurrection offers the only peace that endures through every situation

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 (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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