A Concluding Prayer (¶137-141)
137. As we present this plan to our brother and sister Catholics
in the United States, we pray that, through the Holy Spirit, it may be a
means of bringing renewal to our Church and new life to all who search
for God. We have felt the hunger of our nation for God and the Gospel of
Jesus as we have developed this plan and strategy. As this plan is
read, studied, and implemented, may it help all Catholics know the
hunger for faith in today's society.
138. We pray that our Catholic people will be set ablaze with a
desire to live their faith fully and share it freely with others. May
their eagerness to share the faith bring a transformation to our nation
and, with missionary dedication, even to the whole world. We ask God to
open the heart of every Catholic, to see the need for the Gospel in each
life, in our nation and on our planet.
139. We ask Mary, the one through whom Jesus entered our world,
to guide us in presenting Jesus to those who live in our land. May her
prayers help us to share in her courage and faithfulness. May they lead
us to imitate her discipleship, her turning to Jesus, her love for God
and for all. May the compassion that Mary has always reflected be
present in our hearts.
140. We also pray that, like the disciples walking that Easter
morning to Emmaus, all Catholics may feel their hearts burning through
the presence of Jesus.59 As those two disciples felt the
presence of Jesus in their journey, we ask that the ministry of
evangelizing help believers feel anew the presence of Jesus and that it
help others discover his gracious presence.
141. We pray that the fire of Jesus enkindled in us by God's
Spirit may lead more and more people in our land to become disciples,
formed in the image of Christ our Savior.
- Luke 24:13-35