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Prayer for the 22nd General Chapter

 

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit
fill us with the faith, vision and courage
of our founder Saint Marcellin
now that we are starting our third century
as Marists of Champagnat.

 

Gathered around Mary,
Our Good Mother,
we desire to seek You,
to be weavers of community
with all our sisters and brothers,
and to bring your Good News to young people,
especially those on the periphery.

 

Ever-loving God,
from our simple foundation in La Valla,
we have crossed the threshold into our third century,
to create together a new beginning.

 

Confident that you are faithful O God,
and that we participate in Mary’s work,
we place our preparation, discernment
and the decisions of our 22nd General Chapter
under your protection and guidance.

 

May this time of remembrance,
reconciliation and celebration
be marked by wisdom, audacity, gratitude and faith
as we journey in haste to the future
which beckons us,
today and always.

 

Amen.