I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fernando, my friend Jay's grandfather, who died a week ago.
Also for the repose of the soul of Theodore, Keith Olbermann's father.
We give thanks for God's gift of the Lovely Mona on this, her natal festivity.
We also give thanks to God for Margaret whose birthday is tomorrow.
We ask the prayers of the Righteous Neomartyr Eric Joseph Kokosinski Iliff (11 October 1981 - 13 March 2007). You may read about him here and here.
I give thanks for the Holy Prophet Desmond Tutu who reminds us all: "Hate has no place in the house of God."
I give thanks tonight for Fran. If you would ponder tomorrow's Gospel, here is a good place to do so. She writes an awesome reflection on "Planned Obsolescence and Radical Forgiveness: The Ethos of Repair and Replacement."
Have you seen Tobias' poem The Elder Son and the Father's Repentance?
Let us pray for Mark Richardson, appointed the new Dean and President of CDSP.
Let us continue in prayer and relief and rebuilding efforts for Haiti.
Hmmm, and because I felt a prompting that might have come from the Spirit, I shall conclude with this prayer tonight.
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.