Prayer

Lord, we pray that the words of Saint Paul penetrate our thoughts, feelings, and actions so we live with profound hope and sincere service: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Greeting Others as We Would Greet Christ

Today is the feast of Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who lived from 1532 to 1617. Alfonso did not have an easy life. He had very little education. His father died when Alfonso was 14. He married at the age of 26, but his wife and 3 children all died before Alfonso reached the age of 40. He suffered poor health. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1571, after many delays because of concerns about his poor health and lack of education.

After his novitiate training, Alfonso was assigned to the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain. He worked as the porter there for over 40 years, greeting students at the door, giving them advice and encouragement, disbursing alms, and running errands as needed for the school. Perhaps the tragedies of his life gave Alfonso compassion for others, for many students benefited from Alfonso’s counsel and wisdom.

Being a porter is humble work. Alfonso imagined, however, that every time he greeted a student, he was welcoming Christ into his life.
Can we, like Alfonso, find joy in humbly serving our Lord? Can we greet everyone as we would greet Christ, and in particular be compassionate to those who are most in need?

—Ted Munz, S.J., Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


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Rom 8: 31b-39

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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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October 31, 2013

Rom 8: 31b-39

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

Greeting Others as We Would Greet Christ

Today is the feast of Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who lived from 1532 to 1617. Alfonso did not have an easy life. He had very little education. His father died when Alfonso was 14. He married at the age of 26, but his wife and 3 children all died before Alfonso reached the age of 40. He suffered poor health. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1571, after many delays because of concerns about his poor health and lack of education.

After his novitiate training, Alfonso was assigned to the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain. He worked as the porter there for over 40 years, greeting students at the door, giving them advice and encouragement, disbursing alms, and running errands as needed for the school. Perhaps the tragedies of his life gave Alfonso compassion for others, for many students benefited from Alfonso’s counsel and wisdom.

Being a porter is humble work. Alfonso imagined, however, that every time he greeted a student, he was welcoming Christ into his life.
Can we, like Alfonso, find joy in humbly serving our Lord? Can we greet everyone as we would greet Christ, and in particular be compassionate to those who are most in need?

—Ted Munz, S.J., Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Lord, we pray that the words of Saint Paul penetrate our thoughts, feelings, and actions so we live with profound hope and sincere service: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Holy Spirit, you are within me
just as Jesus promised.
Hold me, guide me, encourage me,
confirm me.
Help me to carry out the work for which
I am created and called.
Allow me to see and to hear today,
with your wisdom.
Allow me to speak and to act today,
with your love.

—Adaptation of the daily opening prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ


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Come Holy Spirit!

Today we hear Paul talk with the Romans about the Spirit. Several verses before our reading this morning, Paul tells the Romans the Spirit actually dwells within them. During mass when the priest prepares the water and wine he says, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” God dwells within his people! This is amazing, we actually share in the Divine Life!

As I think about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, two prayers come to mind. Whenever I am worried about something or trying to puzzle through a tough decision, the last two lines of this first prayer give me great comfort. No matter the troubles I face, through the Spirit I will continue to be created and renewed, as will the entire world!

Come Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit.
And we shall be created.
And You will renew the face of the earth.

The second prayer, which we’ll close with today (below), is an adaptation of the daily prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ. The last two lines challenge me and comfort me. The challenge is to be God’s presence in the world today. The comfort is to know it is God and grace, not simply my feeble efforts.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


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Rom 8: 26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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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October 30, 2013

Rom 8: 26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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

Come Holy Spirit!

Today we hear Paul talk with the Romans about the Spirit. Several verses before our reading this morning, Paul tells the Romans the Spirit actually dwells within them. During mass when the priest prepares the water and wine he says, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” God dwells within his people! This is amazing, we actually share in the Divine Life!

As I think about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, two prayers come to mind. Whenever I am worried about something or trying to puzzle through a tough decision, the last two lines of this first prayer give me great comfort. No matter the troubles I face, through the Spirit I will continue to be created and renewed, as will the entire world!

Come Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit.
And we shall be created.
And You will renew the face of the earth.

The second prayer, which we’ll close with today (below), is an adaptation of the daily prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ. The last two lines challenge me and comfort me. The challenge is to be God’s presence in the world today. The comfort is to know it is God and grace, not simply my feeble efforts.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Holy Spirit, you are within me
just as Jesus promised.
Hold me, guide me, encourage me,
confirm me.
Help me to carry out the work for which
I am created and called.
Allow me to see and to hear today,
with your wisdom.
Allow me to speak and to act today,
with your love.

—Adaptation of the daily opening prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ


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Prayer

Lord, whenever we doubt our potential to lead a life of significance help us to remember who sowed us. When we feel unworthy or overwhelmed help us to hear your voice that reminds us that you knew exactly which gifts we needed ( and did not need) to build your kingdom.

Grant us the grace to guard against comparing ourselves to others. And, Lord, should we feel discouraged or begin to underestimate our contribution, remind us that someone needs us to keep on growing!

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Faith and Deeds

This is the first thing Jesus does NOT say in today’s Gospel: Here is your faith, a mustard seed.  Put your mustard seed of faith in your pocket, because that is all the faith you need.  This is the second thing Jesus does NOT say in today’s Gospel: Here is your faith, yeast.  Keep your yeast of faith locked in the refrigerator so that it does not die.  Neither one of these are actual images of faith for Jesus—even though they are for us sometimes.

Faith for Jesus is not a noun, it is not a mustard seed, and it is not yeast.  Faith for Jesus is a verb in today’s Gospel. Faith is a mustard seed that is planted.  Faith is yeast that is mixed.  For us today what this means is that, when our faith is static or sterile, it is in fact not faith at all.  Jesus is challenging us to recognize the active nature of our faith.

Jesus reminds us that faith is a gift that is given to us.  But we need to mix and plant this faith in our everyday lives and in the lives of our neighbors and community.  In other words, we could substitute “faith” for “love” in St. Ignatius’ famous quote.  So that, after today’s Gospel, it would read, “Faith ought to show itself more in deeds than in words.”

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.


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Prayer

Lord, we pray that the words of Saint Paul penetrate our thoughts, feelings, and actions so we live with profound hope and sincere service: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Greeting Others as We Would Greet Christ

Today is the feast of Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who lived from 1532 to 1617. Alfonso did not have an easy life. He had very little education. His father died when Alfonso was 14. He married at the age of 26, but his wife and 3 children all died before Alfonso reached the age of 40. He suffered poor health. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1571, after many delays because of concerns about his poor health and lack of education.

After his novitiate training, Alfonso was assigned to the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain. He worked as the porter there for over 40 years, greeting students at the door, giving them advice and encouragement, disbursing alms, and running errands as needed for the school. Perhaps the tragedies of his life gave Alfonso compassion for others, for many students benefited from Alfonso’s counsel and wisdom.

Being a porter is humble work. Alfonso imagined, however, that every time he greeted a student, he was welcoming Christ into his life.
Can we, like Alfonso, find joy in humbly serving our Lord? Can we greet everyone as we would greet Christ, and in particular be compassionate to those who are most in need?

—Ted Munz, S.J., Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


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Rom 8: 31b-39

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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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October 31, 2013

Rom 8: 31b-39

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

Greeting Others as We Would Greet Christ

Today is the feast of Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who lived from 1532 to 1617. Alfonso did not have an easy life. He had very little education. His father died when Alfonso was 14. He married at the age of 26, but his wife and 3 children all died before Alfonso reached the age of 40. He suffered poor health. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1571, after many delays because of concerns about his poor health and lack of education.

After his novitiate training, Alfonso was assigned to the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain. He worked as the porter there for over 40 years, greeting students at the door, giving them advice and encouragement, disbursing alms, and running errands as needed for the school. Perhaps the tragedies of his life gave Alfonso compassion for others, for many students benefited from Alfonso’s counsel and wisdom.

Being a porter is humble work. Alfonso imagined, however, that every time he greeted a student, he was welcoming Christ into his life.
Can we, like Alfonso, find joy in humbly serving our Lord? Can we greet everyone as we would greet Christ, and in particular be compassionate to those who are most in need?

—Ted Munz, S.J., Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Lord, we pray that the words of Saint Paul penetrate our thoughts, feelings, and actions so we live with profound hope and sincere service: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Holy Spirit, you are within me
just as Jesus promised.
Hold me, guide me, encourage me,
confirm me.
Help me to carry out the work for which
I am created and called.
Allow me to see and to hear today,
with your wisdom.
Allow me to speak and to act today,
with your love.

—Adaptation of the daily opening prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Come Holy Spirit!

Today we hear Paul talk with the Romans about the Spirit. Several verses before our reading this morning, Paul tells the Romans the Spirit actually dwells within them. During mass when the priest prepares the water and wine he says, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” God dwells within his people! This is amazing, we actually share in the Divine Life!

As I think about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, two prayers come to mind. Whenever I am worried about something or trying to puzzle through a tough decision, the last two lines of this first prayer give me great comfort. No matter the troubles I face, through the Spirit I will continue to be created and renewed, as will the entire world!

Come Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit.
And we shall be created.
And You will renew the face of the earth.

The second prayer, which we’ll close with today (below), is an adaptation of the daily prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ. The last two lines challenge me and comfort me. The challenge is to be God’s presence in the world today. The comfort is to know it is God and grace, not simply my feeble efforts.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Rom 8: 26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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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October 30, 2013

Rom 8: 26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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

Come Holy Spirit!

Today we hear Paul talk with the Romans about the Spirit. Several verses before our reading this morning, Paul tells the Romans the Spirit actually dwells within them. During mass when the priest prepares the water and wine he says, “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” God dwells within his people! This is amazing, we actually share in the Divine Life!

As I think about the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, two prayers come to mind. Whenever I am worried about something or trying to puzzle through a tough decision, the last two lines of this first prayer give me great comfort. No matter the troubles I face, through the Spirit I will continue to be created and renewed, as will the entire world!

Come Holy Spirit.
Fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Enkindle in us the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit.
And we shall be created.
And You will renew the face of the earth.

The second prayer, which we’ll close with today (below), is an adaptation of the daily prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ. The last two lines challenge me and comfort me. The challenge is to be God’s presence in the world today. The comfort is to know it is God and grace, not simply my feeble efforts.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Holy Spirit, you are within me
just as Jesus promised.
Hold me, guide me, encourage me,
confirm me.
Help me to carry out the work for which
I am created and called.
Allow me to see and to hear today,
with your wisdom.
Allow me to speak and to act today,
with your love.

—Adaptation of the daily opening prayer in the Vision 2000 prayer books by Mark Link, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, whenever we doubt our potential to lead a life of significance help us to remember who sowed us. When we feel unworthy or overwhelmed help us to hear your voice that reminds us that you knew exactly which gifts we needed ( and did not need) to build your kingdom.

Grant us the grace to guard against comparing ourselves to others. And, Lord, should we feel discouraged or begin to underestimate our contribution, remind us that someone needs us to keep on growing!

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Faith and Deeds

This is the first thing Jesus does NOT say in today’s Gospel: Here is your faith, a mustard seed.  Put your mustard seed of faith in your pocket, because that is all the faith you need.  This is the second thing Jesus does NOT say in today’s Gospel: Here is your faith, yeast.  Keep your yeast of faith locked in the refrigerator so that it does not die.  Neither one of these are actual images of faith for Jesus—even though they are for us sometimes.

Faith for Jesus is not a noun, it is not a mustard seed, and it is not yeast.  Faith for Jesus is a verb in today’s Gospel. Faith is a mustard seed that is planted.  Faith is yeast that is mixed.  For us today what this means is that, when our faith is static or sterile, it is in fact not faith at all.  Jesus is challenging us to recognize the active nature of our faith.

Jesus reminds us that faith is a gift that is given to us.  But we need to mix and plant this faith in our everyday lives and in the lives of our neighbors and community.  In other words, we could substitute “faith” for “love” in St. Ignatius’ famous quote.  So that, after today’s Gospel, it would read, “Faith ought to show itself more in deeds than in words.”

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.


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