Showing posts with label Jesuits and Prayer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesuits and Prayer. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pope Francis On St. Ignatius Of Loyola, "Ignatius Who Founded The Society, Was Also A Reformer And A Mystic. Especially A Mystic."

"Ignatius, for understandable reasons, is the saint I know better than any other. He founded our Order. I'd like to remind you that Carlo Maria Martini also came from that order, someone who is very dear to me and also to you. Jesuits were and still are the leavening  -  not the only one but perhaps the most effective  -  of Catholicism: culture, teaching, missionary work, loyalty to the Pope. But Ignatius who founded the Society, was also a reformer and a mystic. Especially a mystic."

Link (here) to the full interview by Eugenio Scalfari of Pope Francis 

Link (here) to read about St. Ignatius' mystical vision at Manreza

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fr. Bakewell Morrison, S.J., “In The Name Of The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit”

I use the Sign of the Cross. I make it to bless myself. To do this well I need often enough to refresh my mind by recalling aptly what I have always known, and what, maybe, I have grown too familiar with. I need to stimulate my will with the hope of things to come. I need to enkindle my charity so that, as I make the sacred sign, I really look closer at God and at my fellows, and grow spiritually toward them all. And so I can renew my knowledge of my Faith and its dogmas and history. How, then, do we so frequently talk with one sign? Why do we bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross? We really do it because there is something in our minds and hearts to which we wish to give expression with our hands, with our faces, with our bodies. We humans are that way. If we feel something, we show it; or, if we do not show it, we are somehow restraining ourselves, disciplining ourselves, “under wraps.” Of course, we can render exterior acts meaningless by routine. But this dampening of our feelings, this admitting to our actions of the dullness of routine, ought really not be permitted ourselves when we make the Sign of the Cross. That blessing is too live an action. It involves too much feeling, too much thought, to be sunk into the lethargy or the apathy of a religious symbol allowed to decay. We just cannot afford to allow the supremely urgent Trinity to see us talk with a sign that is lifeless, to hear us talk without meaning in the Sign of the Cross. Indeed, in blessing ourselves, we are really addressing the Trinity. The Trinity! Is there anything we do not owe the Trinity? God, our Father, Who created us; and God, the Son, Who redeemed us; and God, the Holy Spirit, Who sanctifies and energizes us!

We Call on God.

“In the name of . . .” we say. That is an invocation. We call up someone, that is an evocation. We call up the very God of all. Men invoke, they call upon; men evoke, they call out “spirits” when they do this; men tremble at their audacity. We Christians can hardly let this invocation, this calling on, this evocation, this calling up and calling out be a mere formality. In the dark and tremulous memories of men - so say anthropologists - the name is continually found standing in the sense of person. And St. Thomas Aquinas says it more happily, we think: “The cause which confers the fullness of spiritual strength is the holy Trinity . . . . We call on, we call up that cause when we say: “In the name of . . . . .”
Naming is serious business. We “name” a baby; and, forever after, that baby has become for us a definite, labelled person. Gangsters “put the finger on” another; they “name” him. And he is in for something indeed. And everyone knows how effective it is to remember the name of the one we address.
Catholic nations used to preface treaties “In the name of the Holy Trinity” to show their good faith and trembling hopes of peace under the name of God. Some Catholic nations, such as Ireland, still do. “In the name of . . . . .” personalizes; it calls on the living and energizing person.

Be Thoughtful Here.

We go on, then, “In the name of . . . . .”

Somehow we make contact with the person and the power of the one named. In this case, we make contact with the power of God, the Three-in-One “. . . . The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

I am God’s creature, God’s child, God’s son and I go forward calling Him up with this evocation, at His command and under His direction, with His protection. I am Christ’s member and I go forth at this invocation to do in my way what He does stupendously in His. I am one who “in the Spirit” speaks and acts. I exercise and I work. Alone, I might never turn my thoughts or my actions to such mighty things as spiritual realities, such as my God, my Redeemer. Alone, I might be frightened too much, awed too thoroughly, silenced too utterly by the profundity of God, mysterious, the Three-in-One. I might even not want to think of this God, so real, so personal, so intimate, so actual.

But I am bidden to start everything “In the name of . . . . .”

And I do. I almost smother myself with the Sign of the Cross — that is, I bless myself so often — and I continually express myself “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” I sign my heart, my lips, my forehead, I sign the book. I sign others and I sign things. It ought not strain my imagination to wake to my mind’s eye the instances when I daily and routinely make the Sign of the Cross. And always “In the name of . . . . .”
Link (here) to the full piece by Fr. Bakewell Morrison, S.J. entitled, I USE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fr. William L. Kelly, S.J. "Coming To Christ"

A life without prayer is a life without God. A life without God is meaningless. Many people in various walks of life have been convinced of our  Lords words:  
"I am the Way, the Light and the Truth." 
But not so many have found the practical way of making this truth the driving force of their own lives in a way that goes beyond the general practices and devotions of our faith. You are probably one of those who have sought a a more personal love of Christ, a more intimate life with Him who said: 
"Come to me all you who labor and burdened, and I will refresh you!"  But this "coming to Christ" 
is not easy as one might think. it is not a simple action-but a way of life. This seems to be in all love.  The way to Christ is the way of prayer.  It is the only path by which we can go to Him.
An excerpt of Fr. William L. Kelly's forward to his book entitled, Women before God. This book was published by the Newman Press in 1961

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

St. Claude de la Colombiere's Prayer; "Trust In God"

Father De La Colombiere's Prayer
My Lord and my God, I know well that Thou watchest over those who centre their every hope in Thee, and that they can stand in need of nothing who look to Thee for their all. Wherefore am I resolved to live henceforth without dread, and to sink in Thy bosom all my cares and all my sorrows. Man may rise against me, sickness may rob me of strength and means to serve as I would wish, I may even forfeit Thy grace through sin ; but never shall I forego my trust in Thy mercy. I will cling to it with my life's last breath. The Evil One may endeavor in vain to wrest it from me ; but nothing shall avail to shake this my steadfast trust.
Let others look to creatures, to wealth and talent for happiness; let them rely on the guiltlessness of their lives, the rigor of their penance, the number of their good works, or the earnestness of their prayers ; for me, Lord, my trust is my very trust itself. That trust in Thee has never, nor will it ever, deceive a soul.. I am therefore assured that I shall enjoy eternal happiness, since I so steadfastly hope for it, and since I look to Thee for it, my God.
I am aware, and but too well aware, alas ! how weak and fickle I am ; I well know that temptation miy wreck the most sturdy virtue ; I have seen the stars of the heavens fall and the pillars of the firmament shaken ; but all that dismays me not, when Thou, my God, art with me; and with me wilt Thou ever abide as long as I shall hope in Thee. In Thee shall I fend shelter from every ill, nay, more, I am assured always to hope, since I hop e even for this ever-enduring hope.
In fine, O my God, I am sure I cannot hope too much in Thee, nor receive less from Thee than that for which I hope. And so I hope;that Thou wilt be my stay in the steepest pathways, that Thou wilt ward off from me the most dangerous thrusts, that Thou wilt so nerve my weakness that it triumph over my most redoubtable foes.
I hope, yes, I am certain, that Thou wilt ever love me. I hope also to love Thee with an undivided and a boundless love. And that my love, by one effort, may reach the supreme degree, I hope, O my God, for Thy very self and from Thyself alone.
I hope that after having loved, served and adored Thee while time lasts, I shall have the happiness of seeing and enjoying Thee throughout all eternity.
Link (here)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Prayer For Protestants

May God be kind to captive fish
Who dwell in little bowls and wish
To swim, and can’t, and have no notion
Of what has happened to the ocean.
And may He bless in aviaries
Continually caged canaries,
Who wonder, when they try to fly,
What can have happened to the sky.

By one time Jesuit Father Leonard Feeney, M.I.C.M.
Link (here) to

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jesuit On Praying The Family Rosary

Excerpt from the booklet "Our Glorious Faith and How To Lose It" by Fr Hugh Thwaites S J. and (here)

In my work of going round visiting homes, I have seen this conclusion borne out time and again. Homes can be transformed by starting the recitation of the daily rosary.
I remember a woman telling me that she could not thank me enough for having nagged her into starting it; it had united her family as never before.
And I remember another home where I called. There was a strange tension there: the children were silent and the wife seemed withdrawn, but the husband was willing to start the family rosary.
When I called back again a couple of months later, the atmosphere was quite different. The children were chatty and the wife was friendly,
and the husband walked down the road with me afterwards and said how amazing it was that the home was so much happier.

Listen to Fr. Hugh Thwaites, S.J. (here)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

French Jesuit On "Things So Great"

The Rapture of St. Teresa by Bernini
Father Louis Lallemant, S.J., in his Spiritual Doctrine, remarks: 'A soul which by mortification is thoroughly cured of its passions, and by purity of heart is established in a'state of perfect health, is admitted to a wonderful knowledge of God, and discovers things so great that it loses its power of acting through its senses. Hence proceed raptures and ecstasies, which indicate, however, by the impression which they produce in those who have them, that they are not altogether purified or accustomed to extraordinary graces; for in proportion as a soul purifies itself, the mind becomes stronger and more capable of bearing divine operations without emotion or suspension of the senses, as in the cases of our Lord and the Blessed Virgin, the Apostles and certain other Saints, whose minds were continually occupied with the most sublime contemplations, united with wonderful interior transports, but without there being anything apparent externally in the way of raptures and ecstasies.'
Link (here)

Monday, September 19, 2011

"S.J." Solid and Catholic

by Fr. JAMES GroenIngs, S. J
Devotional in character; of value for purposes of meditation and preaching. The author follows the biblical account, and approved commentators. 
He "has thought it wise not to draw from private revelations no matter how venerable the names connected with them may be. Since it is difficult to distinguish between what is in reality revealed in these revelations and what is the result of pious meditation, the author judged it more in accordance with his very calling as teacher and interpreter of the Gospel to rely solely on the Gospel narratives and the interpretation by the Fathers and by men scientifically trained for that purpose." 
In this Father Groenings reflects the spirit of the Society to which he belongs. And it is precisely this fact which makes one feel secure, in picking up a devotional work with "S. J." on the title page, that it is going to be solid and Catholic. It is to be hoped that this book will drive out of the market a fearful example of how these matters should not be handled which was inflicted on the American Catholic public a year or two ago.
Link (here)

Friday, September 2, 2011

St. Ignatius Of Loyola On Fear, Snares And Deceits Of The Tormetor

Bear well in mind how the martyrs, when placed before their idol-worshipping judges, proclaimed themselves the Servants of Christ. In like manner do you, when placed before the enemy of the whole human race, and tempted in this way by him, 
when he wishes to deprive you of the courage that the Lord bestows upon you, and when he tries to render you weak and timorous by means of his snares and deceits, do not merely venture to say that you are desirous of serving Our Lord, when you ought to proclaim and profess without fear that you are His servant, and that you would rather die than desert His service. 
If he puts before me the justice of God, I reply with His mercy; if he hints at mercy, I answer with His justice. So we must act if we would avoid trouble, that the deceiver may himself be deceived, applying to ourselves the teaching of Holy Scripture which says: "Beware that thou be not so humble that in excessive humility thou be led into folly." "Coming to the second matter, as the enemy has placed in us a certain fear under the appearance of humility, which is false, and so suggests that we ought not to speak even of good, holy, and profitable things, so he brings forward another and worse fear, which is, whether we are separated from Our Lord, cut off from Him and outcast, and this in great measure by reason of our past lives. For just as the first fear prepares the way for the enemy's victory, so he finds it easier to tempt us when we are subject to the second. To illustrate this in some way I will mention another of the enemy's devices. If he finds a person with an elastic conscience, who passes over sin without consideration, he does all in his power to make venial sin seem nothing, and mortal sin, even very serious mortal sin, of no account; so that he turns to his purpose the defect he finds in us, that of a too elastic conscience. 
If in another he discovers a conscience over tender— a tender conscience, be it noticed, is no fault,—and if he sees that such a one will have nothing to do with mortal sin, nor even with venial sin so far as is possible—for it is not in our power to avoid all—,
, and that he even tries to cast off every slight semblance of sin in the shape of imperfection or defect, then the enemy makes an effort to confuse so good a conscience, suggesting sin where there is none, and defect where there is even perfection, anything to be able to disturb and afflict us; and in many instances, where he cannot induce a soul to sin, and has no hope of ever bringing it about, at least he endeavours to torment.
Link (here) to Letters and Instruction of St. Ignatius Loyola

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saint Ignatius On The Virtue Of Humility

Saint Magdalene de Pazzi, a Carmelite Nun, favored with frequent and authentic visions, being rapt in ecstasy on the 18th of December, 1594, beheld the Blessed Virgin placed between St. Ignatius and St. Angelo, a Carmelite and martyr. She led up these two Saints to the holy Magdalene, so that they might instruct her, the one in the virtue of humility, the other in that of poverty. St. Ignatius was the first who spoke, and Magdalene, as it always happened when in these raptures, repeated in a loud, though sometimes broken voice, the words which she heard, and which were as follows :— 
" I, Ignatius, am chosen by the Mother of thy Divine Spouse, to speak to thee upon humility. Listen then to my words. Humility, like the oil poured into a lamp, ought to fill the heart of those who enter upon a religious life; and as the oil occupies every part of the vase into which it is poured, so humility, which is the true knowledge of ourselves, ought to occupy all the powers of the human soul. And as the wick cannot burn unless impregnated with oil, so the soul cannot bear fruits of perfection and holiness, if we neglect for one moment to feed it with humility, which is the basis of all religious virtue. It is, besides, nothing else than the ever-present consciousness in the mind of its own nothingness, and the constant love of every thing which can tend to self-abasement. Thus, even whilst we enjoy the subjection in which we hold all the powers of our soul, far from attributing merit to ourselves, we must submit, with unshaken firmness, to all the humiliating trials necessary to be undergone, before we arrive at that perfect peace and order, the attainment of which is our sole object in assuming the religious habit. If those who direct the novices find in them a certain repugnance to renounce either their will or their judgment, they must reprove them severely for this, as for a serious fault; and at the same time show them how they glorify God by their submission, and the great fruits unto salvation which they will gather from humility. Let humility become the object of their love, of their desire, of their aspiration. Let this virtue shine in all their words, in all their actions, and let every word which is not impressed with humility be as much avoided in religion, as words of blasphemy in the world.
"The Superiors .should give such constant examples of humility, as to render all further proofs of their possessing that virtue unnecessary, when they reprimand or exhort their children. Let every Spouse of Christ hold herself in readiness to be transplanted either into the valleys or upon the mountains, every where ready to give forth precious fruits. Let them be in the edifice of spiritual perfection, like the stones employed in building the Temple of Solomon, where no sound of hammer was ever heard. And, should they resist whilst being fitted in to the places which they are destined to fill in the building, let them be silenced, partly by acts of love, and partly by severity. Or, if such humility is distasteful to them, place in their hands an image of their Crucified Spouse, and show them how they are to imitate Him. Let those who have the care of souls never cease to exercise them in humility, so long as the flesh and bones of their bodies hold together; for it is a ladder with many steps which we must always mount, and yet which will never raise us higher, because we must always ascend and descend it.

"The soul which has no humility can never rise above itself, for a thousand low passions, a thousand vain desires chain it to earth. As the Incarnate Word constituted his apostles fishers of men, so he has charged his Spouses to win over souls to Him. I have now spoken to thee enough upon humility; I leave thee to one who will instruct thee upon the true spirit of poverty."
Thus spake the Blessed Ignatius upon the great virtue of humility; and since the Mother of the Eternal Word thus chose him from amongst so many other humble Saints, who had formerly lived upon earth, and now enjoyed the presence of God in Heaven, to teach it to a holy servant of the Lord, this alone, according to the opinion of those capable of appreciating that virtue in all its perfection, is sufficient to prove to what a super-eminent degree of humility St. Ignatius had attained.
Link (here) to the History of the Life and Institute of Ignatius of Loyola

Monday, August 22, 2011


The Sovereign Pontiff, Clement XIII., by a decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Jan. 27, 1767, granted to all the faithful who, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, upon the ten consecutive Sundays preceding the feast of S. Ignatius of Loyola, or upon any other ten consecutive Sundays during the year, exercise themselves in pious meditation, or vocal prayer, or any other work of Christian piety to the glory of God and in honor of the same saint, and visit some church of the Society cf Jesus:
A PLENARY Indulgence, on each of the Sundays.
In places where the said Society does not exist, the Sovereign Pontiff, Gregory XVI., by a rescript of the same S. Congr. of Indulgences, Dec. 10, 1841, granted that the faithful might gain these plenary indulgences by visiting their parish church and there praying for some space of time according to the intention of his Holiness.

O glorious patriarch, S. Ignatius, we humbly beseech thee to obtain for us from God, first, freedom from the greatest of all evils, which is sin, and then also from that fatal disease, cholera, which is one of the scourges by which God punishes the wickedness
of his people. Thy example has awakened in our hearts a lively desire to labor continually for the greater glory of God and the good of our neighbor. Obtain for us also from the loving Heart of Jesus, our Lord, that grace which is the crown of all others, final perseverance, and eternal beatitude. Amen.
His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Feb. 5, 1885, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, devoutly recite the above prayer:
An Indulgence Of Two Hundred Days, once a day.
Link (here) to the New Raccolta

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Persevering Courage To Follow Jesus

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
"Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves."
The apostolate of souls has been carried on age after age by the faithful servants of the Lord.
One of these was Ignatius of Loyola, who, with little learning, for he was but a soldier, without any temporal means, for he had forsaken all things, went forth to raise in a new and special manner the standard of Jesus in the midst of His enemies.
Have I listened to his burning words
in vain? Have I refused to follow that standard?
"Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves."
These words were wonderfully illustrated by this great saint. He trained his followers, the Company of Jesus, to become wise and prudent, that they might gain souls; and humble and gentle as little children, that they might perfect their own lives, and become in all things like Him they preached.
Such was the saint himself, wise and prudent beyond measure, but rooted in humility and contempt of the world. Are you walking in that path?
.*'And you shall be brought before governors and before kings, for My sake."
And this was the glorious heritage St. Ignatius won for his "Company." Never during its whole history has persecution ceased.
Our Lord did not fear the hatred of men, neither did this great saint, who drank in so deeply the lessons of his Divine Master. And thus his order, the Company of Jesus, has remained faithful to its constitutions, its traditions, its spirit, because it is ever being purified by the fire of persecution.
Do not, then, be cowardly in God's service. Ask, by the intercession of St. Ignatius, for an intrepid heart and persevering courage to follow Jesus, despising the world.
Link (here)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Christ-study Was The Kernel Of Ignatian Spirituality

Some admire entire detachment from the world, some entire devotion to God's cause among men. Some think most of one virtue, some of another. There are many virtues, and eminence in any of them eventually means holiness in all. 
Still, some virtues are more fundamental than others and I do not think that any one will quarrel with me if, in this case, I take Christlikeness as the great virtue to be outlined. The imitation of Christ is a topic familiar to all, and everyone in his measure knows something, or even much, about the ideals which the word recalls. Moreover, in the case of Saint Ignatius of Loyola this standard is especially appropriate. 
For although he had a thousand bright facets in his character, the imitation of Christ was with him a master-passion. The Sacred Name is the greeting formula of every letter, it reappears in almost every paragraph written by him. Christ-study was the kernel of Ignatian spirituality, the imitation of Him was the motive of His follower's life. Ignatius's life, therefore, when studied in the light of this virtue, ought to appear natural and consistent, and its different parts ought to hang together and to make up a lively, veracious whole.
Link (here) to the mentioned portion of the book entitled, Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Imitator of Christ, by Fr. John Hungerford Pollen, S.J.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tears Of Joy And Consolation

St. Ignatius had a great devotion to the Blessed Trinity. Every day he prayed to each of the three Persons and to the whole Trinity. While thus praying to the Blessed Trinity, the thought came of how to offer fourfold prayers to the Divinity. This thought, however, caused him little or no trouble. Once, while reciting on the steps of the monastery the little hours in honor of the Blessed Virgin, his vision carried him beyond the earth. He seemed to behold the Blessed Trinity in the form of a lyre or harp; this vision affected him so much that he could not refrain from tears and sighs. 
On the same day he accompanied the procession from the church, but even up to the time of dinner he could not withhold his tears, and after dinner his joy and consolation were so great that he could speak of no subject except the Blessed Trinity. 
In these conversations he made use of many different comparisons to illustrate his thoughts. Such an impression was made on him on that occasion that during his after life, whenever he prayed to the Blessed Trinity, he experienced great devotion.
Link (here) to read the biography St. Ignatius

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saint Ignatius In Ecstasy

Santa Lucia Hospital was the first place where St. Ignatius stayed in during his stay in Manresa. According to Manresa traditions, one day in the evening the Pilgrim had a spiritual ecstasy in the Hospital Chapel and for eight days and nights he was motionless on the floor. It was then that God conveyed to him the idea on how should be the Society of Jesus.

Link (here)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mastrilli, Xavier and Ganz Jesuits Working Together

Fr. Marcello Mastrilli, S.J.
For the 76th year, members of the Jesuit parish in Southeast Portland are gathering morning and night for their annual Novena of Grace, nine days of prayers asking St. Francis Xavier to intercede on their behalf. St. Ignatius is a Jesuit parish, and some of the prayers offered during the novena have been for the Jesuits, who are awaiting a settlement in two-year-old bankruptcy case. The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in February 2009 in the wake of sex-abuse lawsuits. Between 2001 and early 2009, the province settled more than 200 legal claims, paying out $25 million.
The parish, served by Jesuits for its 104-year history, isn't sure how the settlement might affect them, but they voice concern for the men they've known as priests and brothers. "For all the Society of Jesus, our brother Jesuits," the congregation prayed Thursday. "As they are forced to relinquish so much, may they never let go of us or our God." The Jesuit Novena of Grace goes back to the 17th century, when a priest, Marcello Mastrilli, said he had a vision of the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, who promised to assist and protect anyone who sincerely sought his help. 
Novenas themselves date from the third century and are seen by many Catholics as opportunities to pray with an open heart. "This is as simple and as direct as it can be," the Rev. Rick Ganz, a Jesuit priest, told worshippers as the Thursday morning Mass began. "We kneel and pray, 'This is what I seek, dear Lord...'" In a reflection, parishioner Mike Buck encouraged people to add their written petitions and prayers of thanks so the whole congregation can pray over them during the novena. "We gather as sufferers and causes of suffering," with hurts so great, so personal, that other people's attempts to dismiss or diminish them fail.
Link (here) to the Oregonian

Friday, February 18, 2011

Laudes Divinæ

These "Divine Praises" are often recited after Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and before the Holy Eucharist is returned to the tabernacle. They were composed by the 18th century Jesuit Luigi Felici in reparation for blasphemy and profanity.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

Link (here) to the Canterbury Tales

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cleans Me From My Hidden Ills

All good, holy, wise, and powerful physician, cleanse me from my hidden ills! How many are there that I do not recall?
May your grace with which to search my reins and heart be with me. Show me the evil desires and evil works that you see but I do not. 
Look down kindly and open a fountain of waters so that while there is time they may be washed away and blotted out by your grace.
With gratitude to Companion Of Jesus

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jesuit OnThe Morning Offering

Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. in his book "He Leadeth Me," the story of how he not only survived the Soviet Gulag but also grew in his faith there. He writes:

" my opinion, the Morning Offering is still one of the best practices of prayer--no matter how old-fashioned some may think it. For in it, at the beginning of each day, we accept from God and offer back to him all the prayers, works, and sufferings of the day, and so serve to remind ourselves once again of his providence and his kingdom. If we could only remember to spend the day in his presence, in doing his will, what a difference it would make in our own lives and the lives of those around us!
 Link (here) to the full post at the blog by Fr. James Kubicki, S.J. entitled, Offer It Up.