Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Catholic Defender: Prayer of a Disciple

Gracious and merciful God,

we pray that through the Holy Spirit

all Catholics may hear the call of the New Evangelization

and seek a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus.

We pray that the New Evangelization

will renew the Church,

inspiring all Catholics to "go forth and make disciples of all nations"

and transform society through the power of the Gospel.

We pray for all members of the Church,

that we heed the words of Christ

"do not be afraid"

and strengthened by the Holy Spirit's gift of courage,

give witness to the Gospel

and share our faith with others.

We pray that we may become

like the father of the prodigal son

filled with compassion

for our missing brothers and sisters

and run to embrace them upon their return.

We pray that all people

yearning to know Christ

and the Church

may encounter him through the faithful

who witness to his love in their lives.

Loving God, our Father,

stregthen us

                                                   to become witnesses

to the saving grace of your Son,

Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization.  From the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

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