Creating and Redeeming God

Creating and Redeeming God,
beneath the Southern Cross and in its light
you have called together a people for Christ
among the many peoples of this land;
you have made us new in the image of Jesus, your beloved Son,
and breathed into us the Spirit of sons and daughters of God.

Look on the face of your Church in Australia today:
see our brokenness and sorrow
for the crimes of abuse and hardness of heart
that have wounded so many individuals and families;
see our hope for the future and longing for your kingdom,
and give us new hearts – hearts of flesh not of stone –
that we might burn with your divine love for the world.

Teach us to read the signs of the times in the light of the Gospel,
with deep listening and patient discernment,
and send your Spirit to lead us into all truth,
that the journey of the Fifth Plenary Council
may strengthen the participation and communion
of all members of the Church in this land,
and raise up a living witness to your presence
among all peoples and through all creation.

Mary, Mother of the Church and Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, pray for us.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

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