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To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust;
No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.

—Psalm 25:1-2a, 3-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A God who is hard to understand

At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand.  While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.  

One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by war, hurricanes, earthquakes, and division between people.  It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen.  The answer is that because our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God.  Jesus asked to be spared the cross because, even though he knew it was his father’s will, he preferred to avoid the suffering.  God could obviously have intervened and kept his son from being handed over, but God instead chose to give each of us the unimaginable gift of eternal life with him.  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Jerome

Lk 9: 43b-45

And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 30, 2017

St. Jerome

Lk 9: 43b-45

And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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.

A God who is hard to understand

At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand.  While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.  

One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by war, hurricanes, earthquakes, and division between people.  It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen.  The answer is that because our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God.  Jesus asked to be spared the cross because, even though he knew it was his father’s will, he preferred to avoid the suffering.  God could obviously have intervened and kept his son from being handed over, but God instead chose to give each of us the unimaginable gift of eternal life with him.  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust;
No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.

—Psalm 25:1-2a, 3-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

—Traditional prayer to St. Gabriel for intercession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What angels can teach us

Considering the existence of angels may not be at the top of most people’s to-do lists, but maybe it should be. These angels just might have something to teach us.

What are angels? They are beings whose whole existence is dedicated to doing God’s will. Michael exists to manifest God’s justice, Raphael to deliver God’s healing mercy, and Gabriel to transmit God’s word. Each archangel is tasked with carrying out just one of God’s attributes.

We humans, though, are made in the image of God. Thus, we are created to embody all of God’s attributes. We are called to live just lives, to be vehicles of God’s mercy, and to always have God’s word on our lips.

Ultimately, angels tell us a lot about who we are meant to be.

In prayer let us be inspired by each of these angels and consider how well we embody their examples.

—Stephen Kramer, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province, currently in theology studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael–Archangels

Rv 12: 7-12a

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 29, 2017

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael–Archangels

Rv 12: 7-12a

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

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.

What angels can teach us

Considering the existence of angels may not be at the top of most people’s to-do lists, but maybe it should be. These angels just might have something to teach us.

What are angels? They are beings whose whole existence is dedicated to doing God’s will. Michael exists to manifest God’s justice, Raphael to deliver God’s healing mercy, and Gabriel to transmit God’s word. Each archangel is tasked with carrying out just one of God’s attributes.

We humans, though, are made in the image of God. Thus, we are created to embody all of God’s attributes. We are called to live just lives, to be vehicles of God’s mercy, and to always have God’s word on our lips.

Ultimately, angels tell us a lot about who we are meant to be.

In prayer let us be inspired by each of these angels and consider how well we embody their examples.

—Stephen Kramer, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province, currently in theology studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Prayer

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

—Traditional prayer to St. Gabriel for intercession

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer

Lord God, I desire to be satisfied by you. Give me the strength and courage, despite what our culture says about how satisfaction may be attained, to let myself be loved by you and bathed by your mercy. Jesus, may I always seek you and let myself be loved by you. As St. Augustine wrote in The Confessions, “our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”

—Joseph Hamaty

 

 

 

 

 

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True satisfaction

Satisfaction … We all seek different levels of satisfaction for the various aspects of our lives. Our culture says that satisfaction can be attained through our jobs, money and materialism. While these things may give us feelings of satisfaction, they cannot provide complete contentment. Even relationships with family or friends can let us down and leave us with a feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction. It is only through the recognition and understanding of Jesus’ desire to love us and in letting ourselves be loved that we will truly be satisfied.

As the Lord said to St. Paul, and says also to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Jesus desires to fill us up with his love and mercy, but we are tasked with the hardest part, to let ourselves receive his love and mercy.

—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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Prayer

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust;
No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.

—Psalm 25:1-2a, 3-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


A God who is hard to understand

At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand.  While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.  

One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by war, hurricanes, earthquakes, and division between people.  It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen.  The answer is that because our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God.  Jesus asked to be spared the cross because, even though he knew it was his father’s will, he preferred to avoid the suffering.  God could obviously have intervened and kept his son from being handed over, but God instead chose to give each of us the unimaginable gift of eternal life with him.  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Jerome

Lk 9: 43b-45

And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 30, 2017

St. Jerome

Lk 9: 43b-45

And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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.

A God who is hard to understand

At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand.  While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.  

One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by war, hurricanes, earthquakes, and division between people.  It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen.  The answer is that because our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God.  Jesus asked to be spared the cross because, even though he knew it was his father’s will, he preferred to avoid the suffering.  God could obviously have intervened and kept his son from being handed over, but God instead chose to give each of us the unimaginable gift of eternal life with him.  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust;
No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.

—Psalm 25:1-2a, 3-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

—Traditional prayer to St. Gabriel for intercession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


What angels can teach us

Considering the existence of angels may not be at the top of most people’s to-do lists, but maybe it should be. These angels just might have something to teach us.

What are angels? They are beings whose whole existence is dedicated to doing God’s will. Michael exists to manifest God’s justice, Raphael to deliver God’s healing mercy, and Gabriel to transmit God’s word. Each archangel is tasked with carrying out just one of God’s attributes.

We humans, though, are made in the image of God. Thus, we are created to embody all of God’s attributes. We are called to live just lives, to be vehicles of God’s mercy, and to always have God’s word on our lips.

Ultimately, angels tell us a lot about who we are meant to be.

In prayer let us be inspired by each of these angels and consider how well we embody their examples.

—Stephen Kramer, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province, currently in theology studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael–Archangels

Rv 12: 7-12a

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


September 29, 2017

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael–Archangels

Rv 12: 7-12a

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

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.

What angels can teach us

Considering the existence of angels may not be at the top of most people’s to-do lists, but maybe it should be. These angels just might have something to teach us.

What are angels? They are beings whose whole existence is dedicated to doing God’s will. Michael exists to manifest God’s justice, Raphael to deliver God’s healing mercy, and Gabriel to transmit God’s word. Each archangel is tasked with carrying out just one of God’s attributes.

We humans, though, are made in the image of God. Thus, we are created to embody all of God’s attributes. We are called to live just lives, to be vehicles of God’s mercy, and to always have God’s word on our lips.

Ultimately, angels tell us a lot about who we are meant to be.

In prayer let us be inspired by each of these angels and consider how well we embody their examples.

—Stephen Kramer, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province, currently in theology studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Prayer

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

—Traditional prayer to St. Gabriel for intercession

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Lord God, I desire to be satisfied by you. Give me the strength and courage, despite what our culture says about how satisfaction may be attained, to let myself be loved by you and bathed by your mercy. Jesus, may I always seek you and let myself be loved by you. As St. Augustine wrote in The Confessions, “our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”

—Joseph Hamaty

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


True satisfaction

Satisfaction … We all seek different levels of satisfaction for the various aspects of our lives. Our culture says that satisfaction can be attained through our jobs, money and materialism. While these things may give us feelings of satisfaction, they cannot provide complete contentment. Even relationships with family or friends can let us down and leave us with a feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction. It is only through the recognition and understanding of Jesus’ desire to love us and in letting ourselves be loved that we will truly be satisfied.

As the Lord said to St. Paul, and says also to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Jesus desires to fill us up with his love and mercy, but we are tasked with the hardest part, to let ourselves receive his love and mercy.

—Joseph Hamaty is the Executive Director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!