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Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me:
Within your wounds, hide me,
Do not let me be separated from you,
From the wicked enemy defend me,
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to your side,
That with your saints I might praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi

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Encountering Christ and being transformed

St. Ignatius, whose feast is today, joyfully models what Jesus instructs in today’s Gospel when he says to “carry the cross and follow” him. Ignatius decided to place his whole life in touch with Christ and the Church, and he lived to communicate the joy of that encounter. Ignatius shows us that God’s love is not a sort of reserve from which we withdraw inspiration when we feel dry, but something that can always make us new.

St. Ignatius guides people who yearn for a very real experience of God in their lives. He helps us know the invitation to encounter Jesus in his suffering and that we can find a renewed life even when life’s circumstances seem to suggest otherwise. Ignatius was left a new person at each new encounter with Christ, and the same can be true for us.

Fr. Joe Simmons, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province and a proud alumnus of Marquette University High School and Marquette University.  He begins doctoral studies in theology and literature at the University of Oxford in October.

 

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Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lk 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

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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July 31, 2018

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lk 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

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.

Encountering Christ and being transformed

St. Ignatius, whose feast is today, joyfully models what Jesus instructs in today’s Gospel when he says to “carry the cross and follow” him. Ignatius decided to place his whole life in touch with Christ and the Church, and he lived to communicate the joy of that encounter. Ignatius shows us that God’s love is not a sort of reserve from which we withdraw inspiration when we feel dry, but something that can always make us new.

St. Ignatius guides people who yearn for a very real experience of God in their lives. He helps us know the invitation to encounter Jesus in his suffering and that we can find a renewed life even when life’s circumstances seem to suggest otherwise. Ignatius was left a new person at each new encounter with Christ, and the same can be true for us.

Fr. Joe Simmons, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province and a proud alumnus of Marquette University High School and Marquette University.  He begins doctoral studies in theology and literature at the University of Oxford in October.

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me:
Within your wounds, hide me,
Do not let me be separated from you,
From the wicked enemy defend me,
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to your side,
That with your saints I might praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi

 

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Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

 

 

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Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

 

 

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Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

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July 30, 2018

Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

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Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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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Prayer

Lord Jesus, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, I come to you hungry.  I hunger for a deeper connection with you. I want to take all that you have given me, and all you have taught me, and join you in your ministry.  Guide me on the path that you desire for me. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me:
Within your wounds, hide me,
Do not let me be separated from you,
From the wicked enemy defend me,
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to your side,
That with your saints I might praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Encountering Christ and being transformed

St. Ignatius, whose feast is today, joyfully models what Jesus instructs in today’s Gospel when he says to “carry the cross and follow” him. Ignatius decided to place his whole life in touch with Christ and the Church, and he lived to communicate the joy of that encounter. Ignatius shows us that God’s love is not a sort of reserve from which we withdraw inspiration when we feel dry, but something that can always make us new.

St. Ignatius guides people who yearn for a very real experience of God in their lives. He helps us know the invitation to encounter Jesus in his suffering and that we can find a renewed life even when life’s circumstances seem to suggest otherwise. Ignatius was left a new person at each new encounter with Christ, and the same can be true for us.

Fr. Joe Simmons, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province and a proud alumnus of Marquette University High School and Marquette University.  He begins doctoral studies in theology and literature at the University of Oxford in October.

 

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Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lk 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

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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July 31, 2018

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lk 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

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.

Encountering Christ and being transformed

St. Ignatius, whose feast is today, joyfully models what Jesus instructs in today’s Gospel when he says to “carry the cross and follow” him. Ignatius decided to place his whole life in touch with Christ and the Church, and he lived to communicate the joy of that encounter. Ignatius shows us that God’s love is not a sort of reserve from which we withdraw inspiration when we feel dry, but something that can always make us new.

St. Ignatius guides people who yearn for a very real experience of God in their lives. He helps us know the invitation to encounter Jesus in his suffering and that we can find a renewed life even when life’s circumstances seem to suggest otherwise. Ignatius was left a new person at each new encounter with Christ, and the same can be true for us.

Fr. Joe Simmons, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province and a proud alumnus of Marquette University High School and Marquette University.  He begins doctoral studies in theology and literature at the University of Oxford in October.

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me:
Within your wounds, hide me,
Do not let me be separated from you,
From the wicked enemy defend me,
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to your side,
That with your saints I might praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi

 

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Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

 

 

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Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

 

 

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Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


July 30, 2018

Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God

A retreat director once told me that progress in the spiritual life is like the slow, almost imperceptible growth of yeast as described in today’s Gospel. This parable presents a perfect image of how God’s grace works within us and among us. The marvelous power of yeast shows that the quiet, gentle evolution of God’s kingdom may seem insignificant, even hidden, but a little bit of it changes the world. Even our smallest acts of love are multiplied by God beyond our expectations.

The parable of the yeast is especially helpful when we grow impatient at not seeing awaited signs of God’s transforming grace in ourselves and others. It is really about trust – “patient trust” in God. As Teilhard de Chardin said, you “cannot be today what time… will make of you tomorrow.”

Do I trust that God is always with me, inviting me to live in confident hope in his ways?

—Sister Ruth Hoerig, OSF is co-editor of Alive Magazine and social media content developer for her congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis. She has completed more than 30 Ignatian retreats, including a 30-day retreat on the Spiritual Exercises.

Prayer

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
           to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
           unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
           that it is made by passing through
           some stages of instability-
           and that it may take a very long time.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

 

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Mt 13: 31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

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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Prayer

Lord Jesus, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, I come to you hungry.  I hunger for a deeper connection with you. I want to take all that you have given me, and all you have taught me, and join you in your ministry.  Guide me on the path that you desire for me. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

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