Weekly Prayer List
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Confraternity of Penitents Prayer List
December 1, 2013
First Sunday in Advent
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Mission: That Christians, enlightened by the Word Incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming.
† PRAYER FOR AMERICA ONE MINUTE EVERY NIGHT
If you would like to participate, every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for peace in the world. God Bless America!
† Special prayers requested for God’s abundant blessings on the Archdiocese For The Military Services. The number of their chaplains serving our military requires to be greatly increased and they certainly need our continued contributions and prayers. http://www.milarch.org
† For all our troops
† All the families left behind
† For our President
† For all heads of government and government officials in those countries which are involved in war.
† That another war may be avoided.
† Please pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
† Please pray for religious freedom, for positive responses to companies challenging the legislation requiring them to pay for birth control for their employees, in opposition to their religious beliefs.
† Please continue to pray that RI not pay for elective abortions via taxpayers’ money or any other means.
† Please pray for peace in the world.
† Please pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
† Please pray for an end to abortion in the USA, starting with an end to late-term abortions.
† Please pray for those who are suffering worldwide.
† Please pray for the pro-life movement, that it will follow the Holy Spirit’s lead as it seeks to restore the right to life to the unborn in the U.S.A.
† Please pray for life and family issues being decided at the UN and that God’s plan for life and family will prevail.
† Please pray for the situation in North Korea not to escalate into war.
† Please pray for those suffering and dead from the earthquake in the Philippines.
† Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bruce Smith, and for his wife, Janice, and family left behind.
† Please pray for the sale of Woman to Woman Support Network’s building, and for a smooth transfer to the pregnancy center that will take over the work – for this to be completed by the end of the year.
† Please pray for the refounded Franciscan Sisters Minor, and for their foundress, Mother Colette Marie.
† Please pray for Chase Daniel, who seems to have an immune system deficiency. He keeps getting infections.
† Please pray for people in the Fort Davis area, who have had no power for days due to an ice storm.
† Please pray for the safety of travelers traveling over the holidays, especially those exposed to bad weather.
† Please pray for Jim Reiman and his wife, Pam, and family. Jim has been diagnosed with a rare disease, which will quickly rob him of his memories. It is incurable and fatal.
† Please pray for the souls of Bill and Eileen Green, who died a month apart, and for the family members left behind.
† Please pray that Patrick will do well on his finals.
† Please pray for a mother of 4 children, who has postpartum depression, that she will be healed of this quickly.
† Please pray for the sick and suffering, who do not fare well during the holiday season.
† Please pray for one pregnant daughter and one who can’t get pregnant, and for four grandchildren who are ill – may God’s healing touch come to all.
† Please pray for two friends to return to their faith, and to have solace and rest in God. They are going through a trial of faith.
† Please pray that family members who have lost their faith may come back to God.
† Brother Joseph and Brother Mark will be making temporary profession on December 9. Please pray for them.
† Please pray for Mother Colette, father David, Mother Celeste, and the members of their Orders.
† Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bruce Smith, for his widow Janice, and for their family.
† Please pray for Br. Augustin, FBM, who collapsed, and may have had a slight stroke.
† Please pray for Br. John Paul, FBM, who has a stress fracture of the hip, and will have surgery Dec. 5.
† Please pray for Br. Isaac, FBM, who is recovering from a viral infection of the ear.
† Please pray for Holly, mother of Chase Daniel, who is in prison. The baby is being parented by the great-grandparents.
† Please pray that God’s wisdom and Holy Spirit will work in us all to do His Will.
† Please pray that God’s grace will move hearts so that religious freedom will be protected and taxpayers opposed to abortion will be spared from paying for them.
† For the needs and intentions of the Bob Campbell, SFO prayer list, the Holy Innocence Prayer line, the Molonlabe Prayer List, Half the Kingdom Prayer line, the Virtual Rosary, and the Francis Ministry Prayercast. Please also pray for the prayer intentions of the prayer lists of The Power of Prayer and Our Lady of Sorrows and Infant Jesus of Prague Prayer List, Haven of Refuge Prayer Group, and Hugh Bodey’s list.
† Continued prayers for Mareena and her baby, Father Julian, Father John, Mother Angelica, Karis Almy, Deacon Joseph Pasquella and his wife Kathy, Ashli McCall, Amy Yerkes, the McCarthy family.
From: Vincent R.K.
† Please pray for all my needs and intentions, and for all those I have offered to pray for.
From: Karen S.
† UPDATE: The surgeon just came in to tell us that Geoff had a clean, straightforward mitral valve repair. Please continue to pray – complications are possible, though not expected.
From: Chaplain Dick P.
† Please pray for Beth Fisher, who is in the hospital to receive a bone marrow transplant on 11/27. I will be traveling to be with her. It is a miracle that this is happening, but the process will be very delicate. We appreciate your prayers.
From: Elizabeth B.
† Please pray for M\my son’s friend, Drew, who is in intensive care. He was found in the street on Friday night. No one knows what happened to him. Please pray for him and his family. His father is very, very angry and needs healing.
From: Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy CFP Chapter
† Please pray for Joleen and children so that they may get their lives in order and return to the Church.
† Please pray for Christina and her children, and for Michelle tgo conceive.
† Please pray for Fr. Bill Kumer, for healing of his knee.
† Please pray for the recovery of Fr. Jerome Machar from knee surgery.
† Please pray for Bob, who is doing work for Fr. David, that all will go smoothly.
† Please pray for the following, who are ill: Anthony Gentile, Mary Fountaine OFS, Fred Schemberi, George McDougal, Joanne Crenny, and Mike Strout.
† Please pray for the following deceased: Carmela Tesoriero OFS, Len Delgatto, John Morrissey, and Ann Pirrone.
† Please pray for the special intentions of prisoners, Moss McCole, MAJ, PBA Contract, James Bayrami, Suzy, Phyllis Sheskier, Tom Re, Diane rank, and Jake.
From: Karen H.
† Please pray for carol Munoz’ husband, who had to go to the hospital at 2AM this morning (11/28). His blood pressure was frighteningly high. They are checking his heart.
From: Cynthia D.
† Please pray for my strength and my health, and my aunt’s strength and health, and for our protection.
† Pray that I will persevere in fulfilling my dream and my goal of becoming a doctor at age 47, but that I will not neglect my aunt or my duties concerning my aunt.
† Pray that I will receive the financial help I need to complete my studies.
† Please pray for my Uncle Francis, who is severely ill in the hospital, my friend, Marilea, also severely ill in the hospital, and for their families.
From: David C.
† Please pray for a driver who had a terrible car crash, and has multiple broken bones and internal injuries. Doctors do not sound very hopeful for this poor man.
† Please pray for a little boy who spends his life in a wheelchair.
† Please pray that an injured man can begin to take food by mouth instead of through a tube, and that he can speak again.
From Donna S.
† Please pray for my sister, Cynthia Weaver, who has ALS. She has made the trip to FL safely, and is in much better spirits. Pray that she will increase in faith, hope, love, peace and courage as she faces what is ahead for her.
† Please pray for the health and well being of Fr. John Connelly.
† Please pray for one of my granddaughters, Rowan, 16 years old, who has been diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (MCTD).
† Please pray for the conversion of those of my six children who have left the Church and for their families, and that the Lord will also draw closer those who have not left.
† Please continue to lift up in prayer Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, all cardinals, bishops and clergy, religious, seminarians and their teachers.
† In thanksgiving to our loving God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost for our many blessings.
† For peace in the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Egypt for Christians and all peoples.
† Let us persevere and pray to our Lord for peace in the Holy Land.
† Please pray for all the people of the Philippines, suffering from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan – for all the dead, and for the survival and recovery of all others.
† May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
† Please pray for all the elderly and those who care for them.
† Please continue to pray for a personal intention. Thank you for your charity.
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Food for Thought and Prayer
MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE
Fleeing from God
Monday, 7 October 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 41, 9 October 2013)
To hear the voice of God in one’s life, one needs to open his heart to surprise. Otherwise, one can start “fleeing from God”. In fact, it happens that Christians sometimes run away from God, while people who are “far away” are able to hear him. This was the focus of the homily Pope Francis delivered on Monday morning, 7 October at Santa Marta.
The Bishop of Rome used the story of Jonah as a paradigm in commenting on the first reading (1:1-16; 2:2-11): “he had his entire life in order; he served the Lord, perhaps he even prayed a great deal. He was a prophet, a good man and he did much good”. Yet “he didn’t want to be disturbed in the way of life he had chosen; when he heard the word of God he sought to escape. And he fled from God”. Therefore, when “the Lord sent him to Ninevah, he boarded a ship to Spain. He was fleeing from the Lord”.
In the end, the Pontiff explained, Jonah had already written his own story: “I want to be like this, this and this, according to the commandments”. He did not want to be disturbed. This is why he fled from God. The Pope warned that we, too, can be tempted to flee. “We can run away from God,” he said, “as a Christian, as a Catholic,” and even “as a priest, bishop or Pope”. We can all flee from God. This is a daily temptation: not to listen to God, not to hear his voice, not to hear his promptings, his invitation in our hearts”.
Although “we may make a direct getaway,” he also noted that “there are also more subtle and sophisticated ways of fleeing from God”. The reference was to the Gospel passage from St Luke (10:25-37) which tells of “a certain man, half dead, who had been thrown into the street”. The Pope continued, referencing the scriptures, “Now by chance a priest was going down that road. A good priest, in his cassock: good, very good. He saw him and looked: I'll be late for Mass, and he went on his way. He didn't hear the voice of God there”. It was, the Pope explained, “different from Jonah’s escape, Jonah was clearly fleeing. Then a Levite passed by, he saw [the man half dead] and perhaps he thought: If I take care of him or go close to him, perhaps he is dead and tomorrow I’ll have to go to the judge to give testimony, and so he passed by on the other side. He was fleeing from the voice of God in that man”.
It is curious to note that only a man “who habitually fled from God, a sinner”, the Samaritan, was the very one who “perceived the voice of God”. He “drew near” to the man. “He bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast. Oh how much time he lost: he brought him to an inn, and took care of him. He lost the whole evening!”. In the meantime, the Bishop of Rome noted, “the priest arrived in time for the Holy Mass and all the faithful were content. The next day, the Levite had a peaceful day and spent it just as he had planned” since he didn't have to go to the judge.
“And why”, the Holy Father asked, “did Jonah flee from God? Why did the priest flee from God? Why did the Levite flee from God?”. Because “their hearts were closed”, he answered. “When your heart is closed you cannot hear the voice of God. Instead, it was a Samaritan on a journey “who saw” the wounded man and “had compassion. His heart was opened, he had a human heart”. His humanity enabled him to draw near.
“Jonah had a plan for his life: he wanted to write his own history well, according to God’s ways. But he was the one writing it, the same with the priest, the same with the Levite”. However, “this other sinner allowed God to write the history of his life. He changed all his plans that evening” because the Lord placed before him “this poor, wounded man who had been thrown out onto the street”.
I ask myself — the Pope continued — “and I also ask you: do we allow God to write the history of our lives or do we want to write it? This speaks to us of docility: are we docile to the Word of God? Yes, I want to be docile, but are you able to listen to [his Word], to hear it? Are you able to find the Word of God in the history of each day, or do your ideas so govern you that you do not allow the Lord to surprise you and speak to you?”.
“I am sure,” the Pope concluded, “that all of us today are saying ... the Priest and the Levite were selfish. It's true: the Samaritan, the sinner, did not flee from God!”. And so I ask that the “the Lord grant that we may hear his voice which says to us: Go and do likewise”.
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