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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 may be instruments of hope, bringing light to the darkness of society, to those who are suffering, and to those who lost purpose and meaning in life

For new awareness: that we may recognize the presence and action of God in the people and events around us and be open to God’s invitations to extend the reign of God through our words and deeds

For the gift of patience: that God will help us to trust so that we may wait through various challenges and allow God to show us a new way to proceed

For insight and a new vision: that we may not limit the actions of God but be open to how God touches us through people, prayer, and unexpected events in our lives

For a deeper understanding of Jesus: that we may come to know Christ more fully and comprehend his love and care for us

For greater gratitude and appreciation: that through the reflections of Advent, we may have a deeper love for our spouse, family members, and all who are significant in our lives

For Pope Francis: that God will bless him on his birthday, strengthen him in fulfilling his office, and guide him in leading the Church to greater faith and discipleship

For the grace of compassion: that we may have concern and understanding for all who make our lives difficult

For all who struggle with doubt: that God will open their eyes and hearts to Jesus and the marvelous things which God does within and around them

For all who suffer for their faith, for persecuted Christians, prisoners of conscience, and those who suffer discrimination: that God will sustain them, give them hope and relieve their suffering

For all government officials: that the Spirit will guide their work, help them to recognize the truth in all the issues before them, and open them to new ways of addressing the issues of immigration, poverty, and violence

For healing of our bodies, minds, attitudes, and spirits: that God will heal and make whole all the sick, wounded, and broken areas within us so that we may more fully be instruments of God’s love

For those who are caught in their own expectations: that God will break their bonds and open their vision to all that is possible through God’s love

For all who go without daily essentials: that God will provide for their needs as refugees or people fleeing violence, open doors for them, give them strength to face their challenges, and move the hearts of many to assist them

For an end to war and healing for the nations: that violence and bloodshed may end, the innocent be

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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