Magazine article Commonweal

Et Cetera

Magazine article Commonweal

Et Cetera

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Prayers for the church * Nicholas Clifford and Dennis O'Brien, two frequent contributors to Commonweal, have proposed that Sunday May 19, 2002, the Feast of Pentecost, be considered a special day of prayer for the reform of the Catholic Church. To that end, they suggest the use of petitions like the ones that follow.

On this Solemnity of Pentecost, when the whole church gathers in faith to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of the same Holy Spirit in all who seek to follow the Lord's ways, we pray for our church, and for strength in the adversities that beset it.

* For our church leaders, that in their fidelity to Christ's call to preach and live the values of the gospel, they find their strength in humble service and never in the external trappings of pomp, power, and worldly prestige; let us pray to the Lord. …

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