The document Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brother and Sisters has been approved as a formal statement by the U.S. bishops during their General Assembly on June 14, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Praise God!
An online version of the document will be available soon! The document contains the below prayer, and I invite you to say this prayer with me,
Prayer for Encountering Christ in Harmony
God of all harmony and source of our faith,
loving Father who chose us to be your own
and formed us together as one family in Christ,
send forth your Spirit among us.
May our encounters with Christ, your Son,
through the Scriptures and the breaking of the bread
remind us of our identity in Christ
amid the multitude of cultural heritages
present in your Church today.
May our encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary
and with the communion of saints,
strengthen us so that we may sustain
and pass down the Catholic faith of our ancestors and elders
from one generation to the next.
May our encounters with one another,
in our families and parishes,
nurture more leaders among us,
that they may answer your call more readily,
and look to Christ, our Savior,
as the example of humble service.
Enliven our hearts this day and always,
so that, going forth into the world,
we may become better servants of your Word
and bearers of your love for all to see.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who strengthens us in faith,
and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
who binds us together in love and harmony,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, mscs
USCCB/Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, DC 20017