Be present, Lord, with those you call
to shape our pilgrim quest;
grant each the vision and the will
to make love manifest.
Should conflict flare and doubts assail
and faith lose its appeal,
give those who lead the wisdom, Lord,
to reconcile and heal.
When national wrongs and private greed
require that we repent,
arm them with courage to declare
the Gospel's clear intent.
Since we are frail and slow to change,
and hopes and dreams recede,
give patience, humor and resolve
to those we trust to lead.
So may the leaders of your Church
and all, Lord, whom they serve
unite to praise your grace outpoured
in love without reserve.