The other day I sent condolences to a family friend upon hearing of the death of his mother. He is a priest.
“May she intercede for us now with your parents,” he responded.
Well a few things.
First, I think he meant “may she and your parents intercede for us” because the intercession was meant to be with God, not my parents. Not that I didn’t want God to intercede with my parents more than once when I was a kid. But, no, not now. Nor do they need to intercede with God for me.
Ok, maybe my friend might think I need the help, given what I do for a living. Past-life regressionists aren’t a thing in the current Catholic Church, although evidence for reincarnation can be found in the Bible (Hebrews, for example). Then again, the Bible can be interpreted to provide evidence for ANYTHING. So not a very credible source.
But back to my priest-friend.
You have no idea how hard it was to resist responding that I had been in touch with my parents quite a bit over the past 20 years and everyone’s good, no intercession needed. In fact, my spirit guides already interceded, that is, stepped in to talk to me in my parents’ place. Super helpful.
But then again, he is a Catholic priest, and I am pretty sure he would flip his cassock at talking with the dead. (I love you T, I do! We just believe differently!)
Here’s the other thing: do we really need any kind of intercessory prayer? It’s definitely a big part of Catholicism. And, Catholic or not, most of us pray for what we badly desire. Healing. Peace, A change in circumstances.
But is intercessory prayer necessary?
I’m reminded of something I read in the book series, Conversations with God. And that is this:
We already have what we need.
So what would we ask for?
Asking in prayer for whatever supports my highest good is a better “ask” for me. Because I do believe in a plan. I do believe that are reasons for everything that happens and it’s all related to our personal growth or that of others. Yes, I get how that is hard for some to swallow. None of us wants to believe there is a reason for tragedy. For evil. I have to admit, it’s an acquired perspective. It’s mine; I don’t force it on anyone.
But there I go again, riffing on intercessory prayer. Wondering where you sit on the issue. Would love to hear your thoughts in the Comments.