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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 persistently seek greater holiness and never be satisfied with merely fulfilling the letter of the law

For moral theologians and ethicists: that the Spirit will lead them to a deeper understanding of the wisdom of God so that they can share the values that will lead believers to live the Gospel more faithfully

For the gift of courage: that God will strengthen us as we make difficult moral decisions and empower us to put the values of the teachings of Jesus into practice

For fuller honesty: that God will help us to speak and act truthfully in every situation and activity in our lives

For a spirit of reverence: that we may recognize our need for God, seek to serve God each day, and never use God to achieve our agenda

For all who are struggling with moral decisions: that the Spirit of God will inspire them with wisdom, help them to recognize the greatest good in their options, and connect them with a supportive community

For insight: that God will help us to recognize the attitudes and situations that draw us away from God, give us strength to face them, and guide us in redirecting our choices and actions

For all who struggle with anger: that God will give them the strength to direct it in productive ways and not allow it to become violent or self-destructive

For all who have suffered violence: that God will heal their painful memories and that the Spirit will free them to live life fully

For all who have experienced divorce: that God will heal their pain, renew their self- worth, and help them to draw strength from the community of faith

For all who experienced abuse: that God will heal their deepest self, guide them in living life each day, and protect them from further harm

For the grace to let go of hurts and wounds: that God will free our minds and hearts from the pain of what others have done to us and help us forgive and pray for them

For all who are recovering from disasters: that God will give them strength, renew their spirits, and help them find the resources that they need to rebuild their lives

For healing: that God will heal the sick, give hope to those preparing for surgery, comfort the parents of sick children, and strengthen all who care for the sick

For peace: that God will bring an end to violence in Ukraine, in workplaces, in our city streets, and within families and help all to find ways to resolve differences in life-giving ways

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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