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Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Amen

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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Living in a post-Resurrection world

This time of Mystagogy (the period of reflection following the reception of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil) is one where we try and find our way through the mysteries that we have just witnessed during the Easter Triduum. Jesus was crucified and has risen from the dead… now what? The disciples in our first reading today offer a very concrete example of how to live in a post-Resurrection world. “There was not a needy person among them”. Christ’s sacrifice fills our every need, and we can now offer everything we have, even our possessions, to God.

There is a trap we must be careful to avoid. These readings can make it seem like we should promote one political structure over another. Our responsorial psalm for today can offer an alternative: “The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty.” The only reason for this radical way of living the Christian life is because the Lord is king. St Ignatius, in the Spiritual Exercises, speaks of our one true desire, that is, to praise, love, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our souls.

May our Easter prayer help us to focus on our true desire and the Heavenly Kingdom rather than the Earthly one.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

 


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Acts 4: 32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.

They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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April 30, 2019

Acts 4: 32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.

They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Living in a post-Resurrection world

This time of Mystagogy (the period of reflection following the reception of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil) is one where we try and find our way through the mysteries that we have just witnessed during the Easter Triduum. Jesus was crucified and has risen from the dead… now what? The disciples in our first reading today offer a very concrete example of how to live in a post-Resurrection world. “There was not a needy person among them”. Christ’s sacrifice fills our every need, and we can now offer everything we have, even our possessions, to God.

There is a trap we must be careful to avoid. These readings can make it seem like we should promote one political structure over another. Our responsorial psalm for today can offer an alternative: “The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty.” The only reason for this radical way of living the Christian life is because the Lord is king. St Ignatius, in the Spiritual Exercises, speaks of our one true desire, that is, to praise, love, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our souls.

May our Easter prayer help us to focus on our true desire and the Heavenly Kingdom rather than the Earthly one.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Amen

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


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What part of your heart is Jesus in?

I thought of this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus the other day, while reading a picture book to my son about the circulatory system. As we read about the heart and blood vessels, he wanted to know, “Which part of my heart is Jesus in?” His question was so beautiful to me, in his recognition that Jesus is really present with us. We are flesh, and we are spirit. We discussed the spiritual truth about our hearts: that while they are made of chambers and valves, and they are also a home for our deepest desires, a place where we know Jesus, and where we find love and strength.

While it is important for my son to know that Jesus is not literally lodged in his right atrium, I also want him to know that asking what part of your heart Jesus is in is a very real and urgent question. When St. Ignatius of Loyola read about the saints, he noticed a desire in his heart to be like them, to serve God heroically. He took the desires of his heart seriously, and set about changing his life. Our hearts can help us discern how God is moving in our lives, and help us find the courage to take action. I pray for the freedom to do this as boldly as St. Ignatius! Where is God in your heart today?

Katie Broussard is the illustrator of the picture book Audacious Ignatius and is on the Advisory Board of Jesuit Connections in Chicago.

 


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St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Jn 3: 1-8

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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April 29, 2019

St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Jn 3: 1-8

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What part of your heart is Jesus in?

I thought of this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus the other day, while reading a picture book to my son about the circulatory system. As we read about the heart and blood vessels, he wanted to know, “Which part of my heart is Jesus in?” His question was so beautiful to me, in his recognition that Jesus is really present with us. We are flesh, and we are spirit. We discussed the spiritual truth about our hearts: that while they are made of chambers and valves, and they are also a home for our deepest desires, a place where we know Jesus, and where we find love and strength.

While it is important for my son to know that Jesus is not literally lodged in his right atrium, I also want him to know that asking what part of your heart Jesus is in is a very real and urgent question. When St. Ignatius of Loyola read about the saints, he noticed a desire in his heart to be like them, to serve God heroically. He took the desires of his heart seriously, and set about changing his life. Our hearts can help us discern how God is moving in our lives, and help us find the courage to take action. I pray for the freedom to do this as boldly as St. Ignatius! Where is God in your heart today?

Katie Broussard is the illustrator of the picture book Audacious Ignatius and is on the Advisory Board of Jesuit Connections in Chicago.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


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Prayer

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars,
O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

—From Psalm 84


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Peace to all people of good will

The Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio, in which I serve, is located in a neighborhood with many Jewish families and several synagogues. In the opening words of today’s Gospel passage from John, we are told that the “disciples” are in a “locked” house “for fear of the Jews.” Our parishioners, and especially our school children, find this confusing, aware as they are that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as well as just about all the disciples in the time before Pentecost were Jews from Galilee and Judea and that Christians and Jews have a common heritage of worship.

Writing decades after the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus for a community of Christians of both Gentile and Jewish backgrounds, John the Evangelist used the term “the Jews” to mean the established religious authorities of Jesus’ time – the elders and chief priests — who felt that the only way to preserve Temple worship for their people was to cultivate an uneasy and delicate alliance with the Roman occupiers, symbolized by Pontius Pilate in the Gospels.

In these circumstances, in the midst of doubt, fear, hesitation, and grief over the loss of their beloved leader, the disciples hear Jesus offer them “Peace”. Can we accept that gift of peace of mind and heart and relationships from the Lord? Can we make peace and be reconciled to all people of good will?

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, SJ, serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu in University Heights, OH.

 


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Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Amen

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Living in a post-Resurrection world

This time of Mystagogy (the period of reflection following the reception of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil) is one where we try and find our way through the mysteries that we have just witnessed during the Easter Triduum. Jesus was crucified and has risen from the dead… now what? The disciples in our first reading today offer a very concrete example of how to live in a post-Resurrection world. “There was not a needy person among them”. Christ’s sacrifice fills our every need, and we can now offer everything we have, even our possessions, to God.

There is a trap we must be careful to avoid. These readings can make it seem like we should promote one political structure over another. Our responsorial psalm for today can offer an alternative: “The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty.” The only reason for this radical way of living the Christian life is because the Lord is king. St Ignatius, in the Spiritual Exercises, speaks of our one true desire, that is, to praise, love, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our souls.

May our Easter prayer help us to focus on our true desire and the Heavenly Kingdom rather than the Earthly one.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

 


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Acts 4: 32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.

They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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April 30, 2019

Acts 4: 32-37

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.

They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Living in a post-Resurrection world

This time of Mystagogy (the period of reflection following the reception of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil) is one where we try and find our way through the mysteries that we have just witnessed during the Easter Triduum. Jesus was crucified and has risen from the dead… now what? The disciples in our first reading today offer a very concrete example of how to live in a post-Resurrection world. “There was not a needy person among them”. Christ’s sacrifice fills our every need, and we can now offer everything we have, even our possessions, to God.

There is a trap we must be careful to avoid. These readings can make it seem like we should promote one political structure over another. Our responsorial psalm for today can offer an alternative: “The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty.” The only reason for this radical way of living the Christian life is because the Lord is king. St Ignatius, in the Spiritual Exercises, speaks of our one true desire, that is, to praise, love, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save our souls.

May our Easter prayer help us to focus on our true desire and the Heavenly Kingdom rather than the Earthly one.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Amen

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

What part of your heart is Jesus in?

I thought of this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus the other day, while reading a picture book to my son about the circulatory system. As we read about the heart and blood vessels, he wanted to know, “Which part of my heart is Jesus in?” His question was so beautiful to me, in his recognition that Jesus is really present with us. We are flesh, and we are spirit. We discussed the spiritual truth about our hearts: that while they are made of chambers and valves, and they are also a home for our deepest desires, a place where we know Jesus, and where we find love and strength.

While it is important for my son to know that Jesus is not literally lodged in his right atrium, I also want him to know that asking what part of your heart Jesus is in is a very real and urgent question. When St. Ignatius of Loyola read about the saints, he noticed a desire in his heart to be like them, to serve God heroically. He took the desires of his heart seriously, and set about changing his life. Our hearts can help us discern how God is moving in our lives, and help us find the courage to take action. I pray for the freedom to do this as boldly as St. Ignatius! Where is God in your heart today?

Katie Broussard is the illustrator of the picture book Audacious Ignatius and is on the Advisory Board of Jesuit Connections in Chicago.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Jn 3: 1-8

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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April 29, 2019

St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Jn 3: 1-8

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What part of your heart is Jesus in?

I thought of this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus the other day, while reading a picture book to my son about the circulatory system. As we read about the heart and blood vessels, he wanted to know, “Which part of my heart is Jesus in?” His question was so beautiful to me, in his recognition that Jesus is really present with us. We are flesh, and we are spirit. We discussed the spiritual truth about our hearts: that while they are made of chambers and valves, and they are also a home for our deepest desires, a place where we know Jesus, and where we find love and strength.

While it is important for my son to know that Jesus is not literally lodged in his right atrium, I also want him to know that asking what part of your heart Jesus is in is a very real and urgent question. When St. Ignatius of Loyola read about the saints, he noticed a desire in his heart to be like them, to serve God heroically. He took the desires of his heart seriously, and set about changing his life. Our hearts can help us discern how God is moving in our lives, and help us find the courage to take action. I pray for the freedom to do this as boldly as St. Ignatius! Where is God in your heart today?

Katie Broussard is the illustrator of the picture book Audacious Ignatius and is on the Advisory Board of Jesuit Connections in Chicago.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars,
O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

—From Psalm 84


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Peace to all people of good will

The Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio, in which I serve, is located in a neighborhood with many Jewish families and several synagogues. In the opening words of today’s Gospel passage from John, we are told that the “disciples” are in a “locked” house “for fear of the Jews.” Our parishioners, and especially our school children, find this confusing, aware as they are that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as well as just about all the disciples in the time before Pentecost were Jews from Galilee and Judea and that Christians and Jews have a common heritage of worship.

Writing decades after the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus for a community of Christians of both Gentile and Jewish backgrounds, John the Evangelist used the term “the Jews” to mean the established religious authorities of Jesus’ time – the elders and chief priests — who felt that the only way to preserve Temple worship for their people was to cultivate an uneasy and delicate alliance with the Roman occupiers, symbolized by Pontius Pilate in the Gospels.

In these circumstances, in the midst of doubt, fear, hesitation, and grief over the loss of their beloved leader, the disciples hear Jesus offer them “Peace”. Can we accept that gift of peace of mind and heart and relationships from the Lord? Can we make peace and be reconciled to all people of good will?

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, SJ, serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu in University Heights, OH.

 


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