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Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults
November 12, 1996, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Gracious and Loving God,
Help these young men and women to be a light for all the world to see,
in all the places they live and work.
Let their light shine for all peoples:
for their families,
for their church communities,
for their cultures and societies,
for the economic and political systems,
for the whole world.
Coming into the room where the disciples were gathered after the resurrection,
"Jesus, your son, said: Peace be with you!" (Jn 20:21).
Make these men and women bearers of Christ's peace.
Teach them the meaning of what was said on the mountain:
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons and daughters of God" (cf. Mt 5:9).
Send them, Father, as you sent your son:to free their brothers and sisters from fear and sin.
We ask this of you, in Christ's name. Amen.
Adapted from the Papal Homily for World Youth Day 1995, Manila
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