Prayer

Lord, nothing matters more than our relationship with you. When we place our lives totally in your hands, a peace and joy even filters over the crosses we carry. But how easy it is to grab control from you, imagining we can steer our way into serenity. Why do we try to go it alone? Do we fear that you will lay on our shoulders a burden that will buckle us to our knees? Help us to remember that you desperately desire our highest good and the highest good of all we love so much.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Lord, help me to be aware of those times when I am more stingy than generous.  Create in me a heart of abundance. Let my acts of generosity be seen only by you so my intent is not to impress others but only to love more completely.  Deepen my conviction that true wealth is rooted in my relationship with you.  And help me to spend more time with you so I can be more authentic and more effective in my service to others.

 The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Guard Against Left Over Charity

“Amen I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

Saint Ignatius teaches us that there are three types of good people in the world. The first avoids mortal sin and makes sure to spend a little time here and there in prayer and almsgiving. The second avoids even venial sin and is more generous with offering to God prayer and almsgiving. But the third, the one most concerned with choosing what is to God’s greater glory, dedicates an entire life to God’s service, avoiding temptation and addressing personal needs only when necessary.  All three of these types should be considered good, but only the last has really understood the gospel story of the widow who offered all that she had.

God’s existence is complete abundance. He is not impressed with halfhearted measures or leftover charity. We are not doing God any favors when we give Him what is His due. In self-sacrifice, we are really only becoming what we were created to be: one who praises reverences and serves God. The saints that we are meant to be is a gift from God to us, not the other way around.  This total self-giving is in imitation of God. God is Love and that love is manifested in the deed of the incarnation. God emptied Himself to be with us and to give Himself to us. He did not give from His abundance, but rather from His very self. If we ponder His love for us, then our response can be no less than that of the widow, giving all that we have. We should pray unceasingly that we find new ways each day to give God all that we are. 

—Fr. John Brown, S.J.

 

 


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Mark 12: 38-44

As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/ ).

 

 


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Prayer

Lord, nothing matters more than our relationship with you. When we place our lives totally in your hands, a peace and joy even filters over the crosses we carry. But how easy it is to grab control from you, imagining we can steer our way into serenity. Why do we try to go it alone? Do we fear that you will lay on our shoulders a burden that will buckle us to our knees? Help us to remember that you desperately desire our highest good and the highest good of all we love so much.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Lord, help me to be aware of those times when I am more stingy than generous.  Create in me a heart of abundance. Let my acts of generosity be seen only by you so my intent is not to impress others but only to love more completely.  Deepen my conviction that true wealth is rooted in my relationship with you.  And help me to spend more time with you so I can be more authentic and more effective in my service to others.

 The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Guard Against Left Over Charity

“Amen I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

Saint Ignatius teaches us that there are three types of good people in the world. The first avoids mortal sin and makes sure to spend a little time here and there in prayer and almsgiving. The second avoids even venial sin and is more generous with offering to God prayer and almsgiving. But the third, the one most concerned with choosing what is to God’s greater glory, dedicates an entire life to God’s service, avoiding temptation and addressing personal needs only when necessary.  All three of these types should be considered good, but only the last has really understood the gospel story of the widow who offered all that she had.

God’s existence is complete abundance. He is not impressed with halfhearted measures or leftover charity. We are not doing God any favors when we give Him what is His due. In self-sacrifice, we are really only becoming what we were created to be: one who praises reverences and serves God. The saints that we are meant to be is a gift from God to us, not the other way around.  This total self-giving is in imitation of God. God is Love and that love is manifested in the deed of the incarnation. God emptied Himself to be with us and to give Himself to us. He did not give from His abundance, but rather from His very self. If we ponder His love for us, then our response can be no less than that of the widow, giving all that we have. We should pray unceasingly that we find new ways each day to give God all that we are. 

—Fr. John Brown, S.J.

 

 


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Mark 12: 38-44

As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/ ).

 

 


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