Apple  Android
Strake Jesuit Prayer App

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


The courage to love

We are constantly trying to do the right thing. We try to make the right choices, follow the just laws, and observe the commandments to be faithful to God and to be righteous. Jesus tells us that this pursuit to be righteous must always consist of an underlying passion to love as God loves us. Courage is required to love unconditionally as Jesus asks us to. Forgiveness, sacrificial love, returning hate with love, and loving our enemies can put us in very vulnerable, helpless situations, in which, we are fearful. It takes courage to love unconditionally, and so Jesus gives us the advocate, the Holy Spirit, to give us the faith and the courage needed to love.

Even in those instances where it does not feel like the rational thing to do, we must never cease to love. In love, we find Christ.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 14:21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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!


April 30, 2018

John 14:21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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.

The courage to love

We are constantly trying to do the right thing. We try to make the right choices, follow the just laws, and observe the commandments to be faithful to God and to be righteous. Jesus tells us that this pursuit to be righteous must always consist of an underlying passion to love as God loves us. Courage is required to love unconditionally as Jesus asks us to. Forgiveness, sacrificial love, returning hate with love, and loving our enemies can put us in very vulnerable, helpless situations, in which, we are fearful. It takes courage to love unconditionally, and so Jesus gives us the advocate, the Holy Spirit, to give us the faith and the courage needed to love.

Even in those instances where it does not feel like the rational thing to do, we must never cease to love. In love, we find Christ.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Loving God, you have promised to remain in us as we remain in you.  May we allow ourselves to be pruned of those things that keep us from growing stronger in your love.  Take away that which weakens our desire to remain in you, so that we may bear fruit in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Pruned so that we might bear fruit

One of my earliest memory growing up is visiting Grandma’s house in north central Wisconsin and eating raspberries right off the backyard bushes. 45 years later every time I eat raspberries, the color, smell and taste return me to the abundance growing in my grandma’s backyard.

The Gospel text we hear at Mass today says that every branch that “does bear fruit he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you.”

God desires abundance in each one of us. And, although not a gardener, my gardening friends tell me that pruning is necessary to make the roots stronger, thus making the vine healthier and able to hold up during times of drought. Pruning can help new branches to grow. Ultimately, pruning encourages the growth of more tasty fruit.

How deeply God loves us. In this Easter season, can we allow God to prune us so as to increase the fruitfulness of our generosity?

—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, is the Socius of the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus.

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 15:1-8

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

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!


April 29, 2018

John 15:1-8

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

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.

Pruned so that we might bear fruit

One of my earliest memory growing up is visiting Grandma’s house in north central Wisconsin and eating raspberries right off the backyard bushes. 45 years later every time I eat raspberries, the color, smell and taste return me to the abundance growing in my grandma’s backyard.

The Gospel text we hear at Mass today says that every branch that “does bear fruit he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you.”

God desires abundance in each one of us. And, although not a gardener, my gardening friends tell me that pruning is necessary to make the roots stronger, thus making the vine healthier and able to hold up during times of drought. Pruning can help new branches to grow. Ultimately, pruning encourages the growth of more tasty fruit.

How deeply God loves us. In this Easter season, can we allow God to prune us so as to increase the fruitfulness of our generosity?

—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, is the Socius of the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Loving God, you have promised to remain in us as we remain in you.  May we allow ourselves to be pruned of those things that keep us from growing stronger in your love.  Take away that which weakens our desire to remain in you, so that we may bear fruit in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Will you come and follow me 
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you,
And you in me?

—Verse 1, The Summons, text © 1987, The Iona Community

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Unexpected invitation to follow

Imagine standing in a crowd with almost everyone you know.  You are there to hear what Paul and Barnabas, who are leading what is essentially a new movement, have to say about Jesus.  You are not Jewish, but you know that Jesus was a Jew, and that the apostles and other early disciples were Jewish. While you hear their words, and believe that Jesus was the Son of God, you fear that you will be turned away because you are not Jewish.

Then, imagine the shouting match between Paul and Barnabas and the Jewish authorities.  Paul basically tells them that because they chose not to believe in Christ, God has sent them “to be a light for the Gentiles,” expanding the promise of salvation to you.  What does that feel like, to know that Jesus wants you. He wants you to believe, and to follow him.

This isn’t something that only happened 2000 years ago.  Jesus extends that invitation to follow to each of us today.  How will you respond?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


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.





Submit a Prayer Request

Archives

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


The courage to love

We are constantly trying to do the right thing. We try to make the right choices, follow the just laws, and observe the commandments to be faithful to God and to be righteous. Jesus tells us that this pursuit to be righteous must always consist of an underlying passion to love as God loves us. Courage is required to love unconditionally as Jesus asks us to. Forgiveness, sacrificial love, returning hate with love, and loving our enemies can put us in very vulnerable, helpless situations, in which, we are fearful. It takes courage to love unconditionally, and so Jesus gives us the advocate, the Holy Spirit, to give us the faith and the courage needed to love.

Even in those instances where it does not feel like the rational thing to do, we must never cease to love. In love, we find Christ.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 14:21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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!


April 30, 2018

John 14:21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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.

The courage to love

We are constantly trying to do the right thing. We try to make the right choices, follow the just laws, and observe the commandments to be faithful to God and to be righteous. Jesus tells us that this pursuit to be righteous must always consist of an underlying passion to love as God loves us. Courage is required to love unconditionally as Jesus asks us to. Forgiveness, sacrificial love, returning hate with love, and loving our enemies can put us in very vulnerable, helpless situations, in which, we are fearful. It takes courage to love unconditionally, and so Jesus gives us the advocate, the Holy Spirit, to give us the faith and the courage needed to love.

Even in those instances where it does not feel like the rational thing to do, we must never cease to love. In love, we find Christ.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

Prayer

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Loving God, you have promised to remain in us as we remain in you.  May we allow ourselves to be pruned of those things that keep us from growing stronger in your love.  Take away that which weakens our desire to remain in you, so that we may bear fruit in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Pruned so that we might bear fruit

One of my earliest memory growing up is visiting Grandma’s house in north central Wisconsin and eating raspberries right off the backyard bushes. 45 years later every time I eat raspberries, the color, smell and taste return me to the abundance growing in my grandma’s backyard.

The Gospel text we hear at Mass today says that every branch that “does bear fruit he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you.”

God desires abundance in each one of us. And, although not a gardener, my gardening friends tell me that pruning is necessary to make the roots stronger, thus making the vine healthier and able to hold up during times of drought. Pruning can help new branches to grow. Ultimately, pruning encourages the growth of more tasty fruit.

How deeply God loves us. In this Easter season, can we allow God to prune us so as to increase the fruitfulness of our generosity?

—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, is the Socius of the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus.

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


John 15:1-8

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

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!


April 29, 2018

John 15:1-8

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

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.

Pruned so that we might bear fruit

One of my earliest memory growing up is visiting Grandma’s house in north central Wisconsin and eating raspberries right off the backyard bushes. 45 years later every time I eat raspberries, the color, smell and taste return me to the abundance growing in my grandma’s backyard.

The Gospel text we hear at Mass today says that every branch that “does bear fruit he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you.”

God desires abundance in each one of us. And, although not a gardener, my gardening friends tell me that pruning is necessary to make the roots stronger, thus making the vine healthier and able to hold up during times of drought. Pruning can help new branches to grow. Ultimately, pruning encourages the growth of more tasty fruit.

How deeply God loves us. In this Easter season, can we allow God to prune us so as to increase the fruitfulness of our generosity?

—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, is the Socius of the USA West Province of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Loving God, you have promised to remain in us as we remain in you.  May we allow ourselves to be pruned of those things that keep us from growing stronger in your love.  Take away that which weakens our desire to remain in you, so that we may bear fruit in the world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Will you come and follow me 
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you,
And you in me?

—Verse 1, The Summons, text © 1987, The Iona Community

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Unexpected invitation to follow

Imagine standing in a crowd with almost everyone you know.  You are there to hear what Paul and Barnabas, who are leading what is essentially a new movement, have to say about Jesus.  You are not Jewish, but you know that Jesus was a Jew, and that the apostles and other early disciples were Jewish. While you hear their words, and believe that Jesus was the Son of God, you fear that you will be turned away because you are not Jewish.

Then, imagine the shouting match between Paul and Barnabas and the Jewish authorities.  Paul basically tells them that because they chose not to believe in Christ, God has sent them “to be a light for the Gentiles,” expanding the promise of salvation to you.  What does that feel like, to know that Jesus wants you. He wants you to believe, and to follow him.

This isn’t something that only happened 2000 years ago.  Jesus extends that invitation to follow to each of us today.  How will you respond?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!