During the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass, we pray intercessory prayers for general situations: the Pope’s intentions and for the local bishop, for the protection of life from conception to natural death, for those in difficult times such as seeking employement or dealing with illness.
On an everyday basis, we ask for intercessory prayer for specific intentions: please pray for my dad just learned that he’s being laid off, my niece Sally went into premature labor, my neighbor’s five year old has cancer. (all hypothetical for this post)
There are two situations I intend to pray for until resolution and invite others to join in that prayer.
The first is Fr. Michael Sinnott. Since my Oct. 11 post, I’ve looked for updates but have found only that he had been sighted soon after his abduction by Islamic whatever you want to call people who go around kidnapping people. Being kidnapped would be an ordeal for anyone, but Fr. Sinnott is 79 with a serious heart condition. Today there is a report that he was alive holding an October 22 newspaper while relaying his kidnappers’ demand for a ransom.
The second is Rifqa Bary, a 17 year old convert to Christianity from Islam, who ran to Florida from her home in Ohio, saying her father had threatened to kill her. She came to the attention of the Florida authorities. The FL judge said he wouldn’t return Rifqa to Ohio until he saw the family’s immigration papers and threatened contempt of court if her parents didn’t provide them. The parents apparently had nothing to present and kept stalling. The father’s attorney offered a “deal” and that the parents would leave Rifqa alone when returned to Ohio in exchange with the contempt charge being dropped. When Rifqu was back in Ohio, the parents fired their attorney and reneged on their part of the “deal.”
At this point, Rifqa’s contact (phone, Internet) with the outside world is limited and monitored. She doesn’t even attend school, completing “virtual” coursework while confined to the house. That in itself is wrong on so many levels.
November 16 is the date of Rifqa’s dependency hearing and also a rally for her.
August 10, 2010 is apparently Rifqa’s 18th birthday when all this will be a moot point. That is, assuming she gets past the threatened honor killing and/or return to Sri Lanka.
My immediate prayer concern is for her as she is cooped up in a house with no outside contact for nearly three weeks (she was returned a few days ago), that the Lord provide whatever her needs are.