Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
—Response during the Eucharistic Prayer
Imagine our deepest desire as a powerful underground stream, a promise of living water. This stream is so deep in our hearts that for the most part we are not even aware of it. When I let my prayer become this deep flow that I can’t even name or ever fully know, God is continuously responding to it. My prayer is not really mine at all but rather expresses the movements of my deepest underground streams that spring from God and are known and understood fully only by him. God’s answers are not brought about by my prayer any more than the sun’s movements are determined by the earth’s. Rather, my prayer is the response to God’s action in my life and his presence in my heart, just as the earth’s existence is a response to the sun’s.
—Margaret Silf, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality
Without seeing you, we love you;
without touching you, we embrace;
without knowing you, we follow;
without seeing you, we believe.
—Without Seeing You by David Haas, © 1993 by GIA Publications, Inc
Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
From Genesis to Gospel
from the tree to the cross.
O Lord, were You disappointed in man
or inwardly proud of his choice in the garden
a choice demanding that he endure
and suffer to find knowledge and joy?
Were You excited in the awareness
that hence You could send us Your beloved Son
to suffer with us and show us the way?
“Oh happy fault”
this choice of man that starts the quest
to know good and evil
sacred and profane
to journey the road
that leads to the suffering
but triumphant Incarnate Jesus!
Jesus, my teacher, help me to respond to others in compassionate and humble service, just as you did when you washed the feet of your disciples. Give me courage when I’m afraid to touch another’s aching spirit. May I follow your example of loving service today and always.
—Diane Amento Owens
O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
—Collect prayer from today’s Mass
Good and gracious God, you have known us since before we were born, and you continue to offer us unconditional love. In the midst of trials or sufferings, remind us to turn to you, who are with us through it all. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord my God, when your love spilled over into creation,
You thought of me.
I am from Love, of Love, for Love.
Let my heart, O God, always recognize, cherish,
and enjoy your goodness in all of creation.
Direct all that is me to your praise.
Teach me reverence for every person, all things.
Energize me in your service.
Lord God may nothing ever distract me from your love…
Neither health nor sickness,
wealth nor poverty,
honor nor dishonor,
long life nor short life. May I never seek nor choose to be other than You intend me to be. Amen.
—St. Ignatius Loyola, First Principle & Foundation, trans. Bergan & Schwan, 1985.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you at my side enough has been given. May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross.
—Joseph Tetlow, SJ