Prayer: You Called Me to Proclaim Your Name

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Lord, thank you for all the people who have proclaimed your name throughout the past two thousand years. Many have given their lives so that today I can encounter you.

I feel happy and fulfilled by my faith, knowing that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one awaited through the ages. You are the beginning and the end. You are the Lord of Life.

Help me make our encounters increasingly frequent and profound. I want to know you, and by knowing you, I want to see myself through the lens of faith, to know myself as I exist in relation to you, Lord.

Lord, many people around me have never encountered you in a profound way. Help me bring them into an encounter with you. Lord, I am also afraid of being rejected. Help me overcome the obstacles that prevent me from speaking openly about my faith. Give me the strength to speak up about you so that others may know you and the joy you bring to my life.

Lord, open my heart to a deeper encounter with you. Help me respond to your call to bring the faith to others, adding more links to the chain of faith.


—Excerpted from Lord, You Called Me by Ricardo Grzona

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. As both a catechist and a loving link on a prayer chain, this post echoed quite a bit for me. Many thanks for all you do to share Go(o)d News…..

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