Prayer

Lord, though we try to surrender our aspirations, our fears, our confusion over to you, we do so with much hesitation and resistance. To give control to you is our greatest desire and our greatest challenge. Increase our faith that we can pray with St. Ignatius, “All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. ”  Grant us the patience and give us the fortitude to become more you and less us.   The  Jesuit Prayer Team


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The True Nature of Power

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2nd Timothy 1)

The spiritual life is often divided into three stages: purgation, enlightenment and union. We are constantly at work ridding ourselves of that which stands between us and God – then we are able to recognize some spiritual insight – and finally we appropriate that insight and draw closer to God.

For some, it is easy to imagine that humility before God renders us powerless. After all, it is in recognizing our powerlessness in the purgation stage that we are able to beg forgiveness and turn away from evil. But the paradox is that true humility before God does not render is powerless. It endows us with a power unattainable by those who do not know God: hope.

It is in this hope that we can cast aside any pusillanimous spirit as we are assured that God is with us, redeeming all that reaches out for His loving embrace. We are free to courageously give ourselves in service to our neighbors in need without the fear that accompanies a usual sense of self preservation. And we are given a magnanimity that allows us to be in control of our passions because we want for nothing more than the grace that is freely given by God.

This is the humility we find in martyrs. We find it in saints. We find it in our heroes that take charge and champion what is right and good in the world without ever falling into tyranny or cowardice. We should pray on our knees that God give us His Spirit so that on our feet we may serve Him as He deserves.   —Fr. John Brown, S.J.

 


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Saint Norbert, Bishop : 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus. To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.

This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher,and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.

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

 


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Lord, though we try to surrender our aspirations, our fears, our confusion over to you, we do so with much hesitation and resistance. To give control to you is our greatest desire and our greatest challenge. Increase our faith that we can pray with St. Ignatius, “All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. ”  Grant us the patience and give us the fortitude to become more you and less us.   The  Jesuit Prayer Team


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The True Nature of Power

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2nd Timothy 1)

The spiritual life is often divided into three stages: purgation, enlightenment and union. We are constantly at work ridding ourselves of that which stands between us and God – then we are able to recognize some spiritual insight – and finally we appropriate that insight and draw closer to God.

For some, it is easy to imagine that humility before God renders us powerless. After all, it is in recognizing our powerlessness in the purgation stage that we are able to beg forgiveness and turn away from evil. But the paradox is that true humility before God does not render is powerless. It endows us with a power unattainable by those who do not know God: hope.

It is in this hope that we can cast aside any pusillanimous spirit as we are assured that God is with us, redeeming all that reaches out for His loving embrace. We are free to courageously give ourselves in service to our neighbors in need without the fear that accompanies a usual sense of self preservation. And we are given a magnanimity that allows us to be in control of our passions because we want for nothing more than the grace that is freely given by God.

This is the humility we find in martyrs. We find it in saints. We find it in our heroes that take charge and champion what is right and good in the world without ever falling into tyranny or cowardice. We should pray on our knees that God give us His Spirit so that on our feet we may serve Him as He deserves.   —Fr. John Brown, S.J.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Saint Norbert, Bishop : 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus. To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.

This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher,and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.

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

 


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