On becoming Catholic - our parish group meeting every Thursday for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) includes 11 candidates. Tonight we began with the following prayer, which I would like to share with you.
Come to God, Go to the World
Come to me, you with broken, mended hearts
who know the pain and joy and confusion of love and life.
Come with your wounds and scars and failures
for from these shall flow patience, courage and strength.
Come with your experiences no less than your education
for wisdom springs more from how you live than from who you are or what you know.
Come with the rock-hard stubborness of Peter
and the missionary zeal of Paul.
Come with the loyal love of Mary Magdalene
and the undying friendship of Lazarus.
Come with the natural poetry of Francis
and the visionary leadership of Joan.
Come with the childlike simplicity of Bernadette
and the doubt-plagued faith of Mother Teresa.
Come. And go.
Go out to the farthest corners of the world.
Go to the least, the lowest, and the loneliest.
Go reveal the riches hidden among the poor.
Go give health to the sick, and comfort to those who mourn.
Go with the fire of the Magnificat burning within your heart
and the Body of Christ alive within the soul's tabernacle.
Go break down the barriers dividing my people.
Go tear down the walls of ignorance and fear.
Go lift up the fallen and raise up the weak.
Go with the Spirit to sustain you.
Come and go! I am with you always!
The reign of God is at hand!
See! I give you my word.
Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.