Second Sunday of Lent, Mar 13, 2022
On this Sunday we observe a world shattered by war and fear. We offer our prayers to the Father asking that the evil we see will be transfigured so that the glory and beauty of his creation may be reflected in our actions and in those of all humanity.
- That as today we celebrate the 9th anniversary of the election of our pope, Francis, he may be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in leading the Church in addressing serious problems of war, abuse, clericalism, and poverty. We pray to the Lord.
- That world leaders will make decisions promoting peace for all people and renouncing policies of self-interest, greed, and pride that create divisions among nations, cultures, and faiths. We pray to the Lord.
- That the people of Ukraine may be able to look up at the sky and count the stars, not seeing missiles and smoke, putting their faith in the Lord who desires peace for them and all their descendants. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who terrorize others with senseless weapons of war will see the errors of their ways and refuse to be complicit in acts of destruction, murder, genocide, and hatred. We pray to the Lord.
- That the residents of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol will wait for the Lord with courage and be stouthearted as they strive to preserve their lives and relieve the suffering of their countrymen. We pray to the Lord.
- That the plight of the citizens of Ukraine may be transfigured so that they may declare, “Master, it is good that we are here.” We pray to the Lord.
- That the people of Ukraine will stand firm in the Lord, even as they are in tears, against those who conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ, those whose minds are occupied with earthly things, those whose glory is their “shame.” We pray to the Lord
- That through our Lenten sacrifices, Jesus will be transfigured in each of our lives so that we may see him in his glory as the Son of God who calls us to listen. We pray to the Lord.
- That refugees from Ukraine and other parts of the world who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict or persecution may find protection, hospitality, food, and hope for the future. We pray to the Lord.
- That productive dialogue will put an end to the conflict in Ukraine through concentration on what unites rather than divides people and that a process of reconciliation may begin that will help heal the wounds being caused by the fighting. We pray to the Lord.
- That the Lord will be Fr. Christopher’s life’s refuge so that he may continue to live his vocation without fear. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are ill, who freeze in the cold, who thirst from drought, or who are disheartened by the challenges in their lives will receive assistance and turn to the Lord who is their light and salvation. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died seeking freedom, providing compassionate care to the suffering, or serving in the interest of peace may claim their citizenship in heaven with all the saints and pray with us that their ideals will be realized. We pray to the Lord.
O God, may the Transfiguration of your Son strengthen our ability to listen to him and to hear your response to our prayers which we offer this day through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 Based on comments of Fr. Vitaliy Osmolovskyy, S. J., a Ukrainian priest working among refugees in Poland with Jesuit Relief Services.