"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Sunday
Dec312017

Daily Meditation – God’s Love for Us (Part II)

[During the “first week” of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, consideration is given to how much we are loved by God. From this consideration, we begin to realize how much we have not responded to that goodness and hence are then able to respond to our sinfulness with open honesty. This understanding of and sorrow for our sins opens us to the love and mercy of God. Consider the following in the context of God’s love for us and our love response to him as well]

 

The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

Amen

- A favorite prayer of St. Ignatius included at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises for which he suggested reciting as at the conclusion of one’s prayer time.

 

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Thursday
Dec212017

Daily Meditation - Give Me Your Heart (In memory of Fr. Jose Fetzer, SJ)

Fr. Jose Fetzer, SJ, of the St. Ignatius House in Atlanta, passed away on the morning of December 22, 2012. Fr. Fetzer loved the St. Ignatius house and the opportunity to serve God.  For those who had the pleasure of attending one of his retreats, he always spoke of the "Smiling Christ" painting. This had a special place in Fr. Fetzers heart and he shared it with many people. The following, from his ordination card, serves as a powerful reminder of placing God first in our life.
  
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Your Loving Mother, I consecrate myself to You. Take possession of my whole being; transform me into Yourself. Make my hands Your hands, my feet your feet, my heart Your heart. Let me see with your eyes, listen with Your ears, speak with Your lips, love with Your heart, understand with Your mind, serve with Your will and be dedicated to You with my whole being. Make me Your other self."
  
Jose Emilio Fetzer, SJ
Ordained a Priest
June 14, 2008
  
Immaculate Conception Parish
New Orleans, Louisiana
  
Luke 4:18-19
    
   
[For a listing of the retreats that Fr. Fetzer loved at St. Ignatius House, Atlanta, GA., Please see http://www.ignatiushouse.org]
   

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Sunday
Dec172017

Daily Meditation - The Universal Prayer

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.

I trust in you: strengthen my trust.

I love you: let me love you more and more.

I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

 

I worship you as my first beginning,

I long for you as my last end,

I praise you as my constant helper,

And call on you as my loving protector.

 

Guide me by your wisdom,

Correct me with your justice,

Comfort me with your mercy,

Protect me with your power.

 

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;

My words: to have you for their theme;

My actions: to reflect my love for you;

My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

 

I want to do what you ask of me:

In the way you ask,

For as long as you ask,

Because you ask it.

 

Lord, enlighten my understanding,

Strengthen my will,

Purify my heart,

and make me holy.

 

Help me to repent of my past sins

And to resist temptation in the future.

Help me to rise above my human weaknesses

And to grow stronger as a Christian.

 

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,

And see myself as I really am:

A pilgrim in this world,

A Christian called to respect and love

All whose lives I touch,

Those under my authority,

My friends and my enemies.

 

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,

Greed by generosity,

Apathy by fervor.

Help me to forget myself

And reach out toward others.

 

Make me prudent in planning,

Courageous in taking risks.

Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

 

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,

Temperate in food and drink,

Diligent in my work,

Firm in my good intentions.

 

Let my conscience be clear,

My conduct without fault,

My speech blameless,

My life well-ordered.

Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.

Let me cherish your love for me,

Keep your law,

And come at last o your salvation.

 

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,

That my true future is the happiness of heaven,

That life on earth is short,

And the life to come eternal.

 

Help me to prepare for death

With a proper fear of judgment,

But a greater trust in your goodness.

Lead me safely through death

To the endless joy of heaven.

 

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 - Attributed to Pope Clement XI

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Saturday
Dec162017

Daily Meditation – The Way Things Are

Consider that God continues to shape and mold all things at each moment. Not in the general but in the specific such as our birth, parents, gifts, etc. We are created out of love meaning that God wants to share love with us and for us to do the same to others. In calling us to live out our special characteristics and gifts, God planted an original purpose in our lives. That purpose is concrete expression of God’s hopes in and for me. To fulfill that purpose is to manifest God’s power at work. In this lifeworld of ours, we live among created things that either help or hinder in the fulfillment of that purpose and accordingly, we are given freedom to choose among these things. In all things, God’s will is our peace!

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Friday
Dec152017

Daily Meditation – God Listens

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope.  When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot;

- Jeremiah 29: 11-14

- In loving memory of Michael Montpetit, young adult who passed on 12/16/2010.

[To all subscribers, please say a prayer for this fine young man and all those who love him.  May the peace and strength of our God be with all those grieving the loss of a loved one.]

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