Christ’s love is full of tenderness, of solicitude not only for our souls but also for our bodies, for physical pain which he heals even without being asked to; for the sadness of his friends, for the hunger of the poor which he hurries to satisfy; and with what delicacy he defended his hungry disciples when they ate the ears of corn, with what tenderness he prepared breakfast after the night’s fishing!
—St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ
Lord Christ, help us to see what it is
that joins us together, not what separates us.
For when we see only what it is that makes us different,
we too often become aware of what is wrong with others.
We see only their faults and weaknesses,
interpreting their actions as flowing from
malice or hatred rather than fear.
Even when confronted with evil, Lord,
you forgave and sacrificed yourself
rather than sought revenge.
Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit.
—William Breault, SJ
Loving God, in the mercy you have shown us, may we find the strength to forgive our brothers and sisters and rebuild that which may have been broken. Open our hearts to your grace, and help us to become a community whose lives are centered on love and forgiveness. Amen.
Lord, as we listen to your words, help us to speak and act as you command. Let our love of you manifest itself in the love of our neighbor. Help us to deepen our relationship with you so that we can follow your words more easily. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Blest are they, the poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow,
they shall be consoled.
Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!
—Excerpt of Blest Are They, © David Haas, GIA Publications
As I gaze upon the holy cross, Jesus, I see not only sorrow but joy, joy for your great merciful love for me. I am grateful to you for setting me free from the bondage of sin and the promise of eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Cross of Christ, you are the source of our strength and courage, our victory lies in you.
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 of your presence
and, as far as may be, enjoying you.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from you. Amen.
—St. Peter Faber, SJ
You have made us for yourself, oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.
—St. Augustine of Hippo
Prayer at Ground Zero
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
—Excerpt from Pope Benedict’s Prayer at Ground Zero, 2008
O God, who call us into the freedom of the children of God, teach us to desire the life that Jesus offers and to never be ashamed of his words. Help us to call upon the name of Jesus and to do so with our whole being, in sincerity and truth, so that when two or three of us are gathered in his name, your work of reconciliation may be accomplished among us. We ask this, truly, in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
—Fr. Sylvester Tan, SJ