Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Matthew 6: 7-15
When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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/ ).
An Experience of Profound Unity
Taking a group of College students on a summer study abroad experience in Rome always provides me with a fresh set of eyes in which I may view both the wonders of he city and the faith expressed in Roman Catholicism. Recently, I was with a group of students and we experienced the wonders of the Eternal City.
The recent feast of the Body and Blood of Christ spoke to our faith on so many levels that some of the graces are worth repeating.. Guiding students through the city of Rome it is always the case that visitors are amazed by the shear number of people who come to the city from so many places representing so many cultures. American colleges speak well of diversity but no workshop can top the experience of trying to communicate without knowing the language or the customs that language represents. Having nothing in common can be a very disturbing thing for a college student.
Although many things separate tourists in the Eternal City the experience of the Roman Catholic faith, a unity shared in the Body of Christ provides a sense of globalism and unity of which politicians can only dream. Within the arms of the Bernini Colonnade there exists a commonality which that feast recalls. We are called to believe in a real transforming presence of Christ one that is really present in the Eucharist and that same presence that wishes to make itself known and loved throughout the world. Contemplating on how that love unites all men and moves humanity to its fullest potential , one can only be amazed.
—Fr. Michael W. Maher, S.J.
Lord, it is absolutely extraordinary how you seek after us. Almighty God, creator of the universe, pursuing each of us through pure love. We matter totally to you. It makes sense that you seek us through the intimacy of the Eucharist — you living in us and we living in you.
Lord, help us to remember that nothing can separate us from your love. You come to us in ordinary food and drink so we might experience the extraordinary gift of your divine presence in every cell of our body. Lord, keep us from complacency as we partake of your Body and Blood. On bended knee we thank you for the Eucharist, a gift beyond all gifts.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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