November 17, 2012
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Luke 18: 1-8
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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And a widow in that town used to come to [the judge] and say, “Render a just decision for me against my adversary.”
Luke 18: 3
She used to throw rocks through my window at night —the judge later complained to his legal friends, who wondered at his strange softening of heart. She stormed around the property shouting the particulars of her case. She wrote an endless stream of letters and criticized me at the city gate openly. But in the end, what really frightened me was that she was right.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola
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Lord, you tell us to “pray always and not to lose heart.” Sometimes when our prayers go unanswered and we simply cannot see the dawn of hope, we question the value of prayer. Yet if we persist in prayer, we discover that the ultimate answer to all prayer is relationship with you. Prayer transforms us for that which weighs us down becomes the impetus for drawing us closer to you. And in this unity of Spirit we trust that at the most elemental level, all will be well. And so we pray the words you spoke from the cross, “Into your hand I commend my Spirit.”
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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