Day of Prayer and Fasting — Reclaiming Vatican II

The American Catholic Council was formed in 2009 as a network bringing together individuals, groups and communities to consider the state and future of the Church.  They believe that a turning point is coming and that it’s time to reclaim the promise of Vatican II, especially an inclusive role for all the baptized.  They have articulated the Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and they are convening a large gathering in Detroit on Pentecost weekend, June 10-12.   Today, April 15, they have called for a Day of Prayer Fasting to reclaim the promises of the Holy Spirit at Vatican II.  They offer the following prayer for this day:

Gracious and Holy God,

We join together in prayer for all who seek to reclaim the vision and spirit of Vatican II anywhere, and all those who will gather in Detroit this Pentecost.

May we be anointed by your Spirit to share in divine creativity in solving the challenges of carrying out Vatican II’s empowerment of the baptized;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we benefit from the diversity of gifts you have bestowed on all your people and work toward recognizing and using those gifts fully and inclusively;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we be open to Your grace and steadfast in the face of scorn, opposition and dismissal;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we always remember all those who have gone before us, both blazing prophets and quiet souls, who have labored for freedom, truth and dignity for your people;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we join our footsteps with those of your Son, as the journey of Holy Week begins, embracing the anguish of Calvary while looking ahead to the Alleluia of a resurrected Church;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we be strengthened by the solidarity of this communal prayer to remember that in the grace and power of the God who binds us all together we can do more as one than any one of us dreams alone;

Send forth your Spirit!

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