Sin and the Examen

Something to think about ¦ “The examen frequently identifies sin at the source of an apparently faultless failure.  It also quite consistently exonerates me from sin in any given failure.  The examen must be able to help me make that distinction: Is my experience my sin, a sin, or sin in me?  The question begs for long study by a Church plagued by narcissistic individualism.  Perhaps even more, it begs for some method of probing […]

Ignatius Loyola: Saint at a Desk

After battle, vision, journey, and study experiences Ignatius did God’s will in a heroic challenge: He spent years doing administration duties. Writing the Spiritual Exercises Writing the Constitutions Lobbying to get them approved Organizing multiple ministries Constantly writing letters of encouragement Correction, advice to world-scattered  Jesuits And all the time united in prayer Finding God in all this Becoming a saint at a desk! Text by James Hasse, SJ

Prayer for Detachment

I beg of you, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from you, and you from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of your sight, your control, your reprehension; of your speech and conversation, of your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing you, hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you; fearing and being mindful of you; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you; being conscious […]

To Live in the Mercy of God

by Denise Levertov To lie back under the tallest oldest trees. How far the stems rise, rise before ribs of shelter open! To live in the mercy of God. The complete sentence too adequate, has no give. Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of stony wood beneath lenient moss bed. Read the whole poem here.

Morning Prayer

You Have Called Me by Name Oh, Lord my God, You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful beings. You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb. You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me every moment of my existence. I am amazed, Lord God of the universe, that you attend to me and, […]

Prayer for the Beginning of the Week

An Examination of My Use of Time Killing Time How do I kill time? Let me count the ways. By worrying about things over which I have no control. Like the past. Like the future. By harboring resentment and anger over hurts real or imagined. By disdaining the ordinary or, rather, what I so mindlessly call ordinary. By concern over what’s in it for me, rather than what’s in me for it. By failing to […]

Prayer for Humility

Let me have too deep a sense of humor ever to be proud. Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly. Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human, most truthful, and most worthy of your serious consideration. —Daniel A. Lord, SJ From Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits

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