Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
Lord, help me to reach for understanding and forgiveness for others rather than condemnation. Open my eyes to see your face even in those who hurt me. Give me a heart of patient love for others, just like the heart you have for me. Amen
—Nick Courtney, SJ
Teach Me Your Ways
Teach me your way of looking at people:
as you glanced at Peter after his denial,
as you penetrated the heart of the rich young man
and the hearts of your disciples.
I would like to meet you as you really are,
since your image changes those with whom you
come into contact.
Remember John the Baptist’s first meeting with you?
And the centurion’s feeling of unworthiness?
And the amazement of all those who saw miracles
and other wonders?
How you impressed your disciples,
the rabble in the Garden of Olives,
Pilate and his wife
and the centurion at the foot of the cross. . . .
I would like to hear and be impressed
by your manner of speaking,
listening, for example, to your discourse in the
synagogue in Capharnaum
or the Sermon on the Mount where your audience
felt you “taught as one who has authority.”
—Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Lord Jesus, you know that we are hungry in both body and spirit. Create in us our hunger for you, for your body and blood, for your salvation. Only you can satisfy our hunger. In your most holy name we pray: Fill us with your love.
—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ
Lord, may we take to heart the words of St. Paul, “Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9). Help us to choose that which leads us closer to a richness of life with you. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
A Consumer’s Examen
What did I purchase this week?
What motivated these buys? A need? An impulse to surround myself with comfortable goods?
Did they make me more capable of being available to others and to God?
How can I consume more effectively with God tomorrow?
May I remember the simple need for daily bread.
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
—Mary Oliver, Thirst
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world.
—St. Teresa of Avila
A Prayer for True Generosity
Lord, teach me to be truly generous.
Teach me to serve others like You did.
To give, when I have little to spare.
To heal, when I myself need healing.
To toil, when I’d prefer to have the day off.
To be grateful, when I feel underappreciated,
For I’ll know then that I’ll be very much like You.
—Adapted by Dan Dixon, SJ, from St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity