Year of Mercy October petition

Petitions for the Year of Mercy

We offer petitions each month for a special group

Each month during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica community is remembering a special group in prayer during Midday Praise.

Sister Diana Seago, OSB, wrote the petition that enfolds each intercession, as well as the intercessions for January through July. Sister Helen Mueting, OSB, wrote the intercessions for the rest of the year.

The unchanging petition is:

“God of infinite mercy, cast your circle of mercy around us.

Cast it wide so that we all may be enfolded in your tenderness.

Cast it deeply into our souls so we yearn to do for others what you have done for us.

Soften the sharp edges in our lives that we may more easily drape others in the immensity of your love through our own works of mercy.

Enlighten our hearts so we may recognize the times we have used our power over others for our gain rather than their wellbeing.

Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy …

Cast your circle of mercy around us O God.

Amen.

 

The sentence that begins “Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy” changes each month to reflect that month’s intercession.

The intercessions to date are:

  • January: “Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy so those we have injured in our corporate and individual ministries may be bound with us to your merciful heart, and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, oppression, and alienation.”
  • February: “Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to families who have been torn apart by lies, mistrust, or violence so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, sorrow and alienation.”
  • March: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those unable to forgive the Church because of sexual abuse or scandal so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, oppression and alienation.
  • April: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who have fled their homes, families and countries in search of safety so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, oppression and alienation.
  • May: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who are scorned or bullied by others, so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, oppression and alienation.
  • June: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who are locked inside the loneliness of metal illness so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and one day know the relief of freedom from fear, judgment and alienation.
  • July: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who hunger and thirst for the necessities of life because of our greed so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and may know the unending joy of freedom from guilt, oppression and alienation.
  • August: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who are used by others for their own gain, especially victims of trafficking, so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart and one day know the relief of freedom from fear, oppression and alienation.
  • September: Help us to be a reflection of your unending mercy to those who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart, and one day know the relief of freedom from anxiety, oppression and alienation.
  • October: Help us to be a reflection of your mercy to those who are alienated because they are differently abled, so they may be bound with us to your merciful heart, and one day know the unending joy of freedom from fear, judgment and alienation.