We thank you for loving us.
We thank you for choosing us.
We thank you for giving us the gift of Faith and Sharing.
Help us to fully receive this gift,
and allow your Spirit to fill us
and reveal yourself to us through this gift.
Jesus, we want to hear you voice.
Teach us to quiet our minds and our hearts,
teach us to listen in silence for your Word.
Jesus, we want to feel your presence.
Teach us to love your Eucharistic presence;
you who come to us in the fragility of the Eucharist.
Teach us to discover your living presence
within our own weakness and vulnerability.
Jesus, you never call us alone.
Thank you for our sisters and brothers.
Thank you for calling us together
to live the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Make us humble and full of compassion.
Bless us with the presence of you poor.
Jesus, we need you to lead us.
Guide our Faith and Sharing communities,
help us to do you will, to share your love,
and to build your kingdom.
Prayer to prepare for a Faith and Sharing Retreat
you who desire to need us,
help us to respond generously to your invitation
to prepare for the spiritual and practical needs of our retreat.
We ask you to find the workers needed
to work in your vineyard,
whatever commitment is asked.
In this work of preparation,
teach us to unite prayer and service,
action and contemplation,
reminding us that true inspiration
will come from your Spirit.
As for the reward,
we ask for nothing but the glory of the Father and hearts unburdened,
healed with more and more love.
Thank you finally for your comforting presence
that already brings us joy, peace and love,
to us who want in all things to do your will.