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Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can only expect from you.  Accomplish your will within me-even in spite of me.

—St. Claude de Colombiere, SJ

 

 

 

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Eradicating sin and evil

No one really likes the idea of cutting off their own limbs … in fact, I do not doubt that Christ was hoping his words in today’s Gospel would be shocking! The focus here, instead, should be on the lengths Christ is willing to ask us to go to eradicate sin from our lives. Unfortunately, we are fallen creatures, but even in the midst of that, we remain beloved children of God. God wants to spend eternity with us in Heaven. To that end, God needs us to realize how sin really does harm our relationship with God and that we must be fervent in our desire and attempts to work against any inclination toward sin. The Evil Spirit is always on the prowl; St. Ignatius warns us of that fact regularly. We must constantly seek the grace of God to work against the very real and seductive grip that evil has on us so that we can ultimately fulfill God’s desire for us to spend eternity in heaven with God.  

—Marcus Fryer, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province and is the Pastoral Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver.

 

 

 

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Mk 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

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, 2018

Mk 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

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.

Eradicating sin and evil

No one really likes the idea of cutting off their own limbs … in fact, I do not doubt that Christ was hoping his words in today’s Gospel would be shocking! The focus here, instead, should be on the lengths Christ is willing to ask us to go to eradicate sin from our lives. Unfortunately, we are fallen creatures, but even in the midst of that, we remain beloved children of God. God wants to spend eternity with us in Heaven. To that end, God needs us to realize how sin really does harm our relationship with God and that we must be fervent in our desire and attempts to work against any inclination toward sin. The Evil Spirit is always on the prowl; St. Ignatius warns us of that fact regularly. We must constantly seek the grace of God to work against the very real and seductive grip that evil has on us so that we can ultimately fulfill God’s desire for us to spend eternity in heaven with God.  

—Marcus Fryer, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province and is the Pastoral Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver.

Prayer

Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can only expect from you.  Accomplish your will within me-even in spite of me.

—St. Claude de Colombiere, SJ

 

 

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Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

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Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

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John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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, 2018

John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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.

Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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Prayer

God of surprises, open my eyes to the many and varied ways you are inviting me to grow closer to you today. Help me to recognize the gifts and graces present during this season of my life.

—Sarah Otto

 

 

 

 

 

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Invitation to be present to this season of life

I am incredibly grateful for the chance to spend Mondays at home with my 20-month old daughter. In between excursions to the library and playground, however, I’m usually trying to get the grocery shopping, laundry and other household chores done before the start of my workweek. This past Monday, I was cleaning up the kitchen while my daughter finished lunch when I heard the sweetest invitation: “Sit down, mama! Sit down!” I looked over at her high chair and she was pointing to the seat next to her. Her sweet bidding reminded me that this season will only last so long. Be present to it.

God invites us in a variety of ways all day long, which is why having a practice like the Examen prayer is so important in order to recognize them. Whatever today has in store for you: pain and sadness or celebration and joy, trust that God is in this particular season of your life. What’s the invitation for you today?

—Sarah Otto is a Retreat and Program Director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can only expect from you.  Accomplish your will within me-even in spite of me.

—St. Claude de Colombiere, SJ

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Eradicating sin and evil

No one really likes the idea of cutting off their own limbs … in fact, I do not doubt that Christ was hoping his words in today’s Gospel would be shocking! The focus here, instead, should be on the lengths Christ is willing to ask us to go to eradicate sin from our lives. Unfortunately, we are fallen creatures, but even in the midst of that, we remain beloved children of God. God wants to spend eternity with us in Heaven. To that end, God needs us to realize how sin really does harm our relationship with God and that we must be fervent in our desire and attempts to work against any inclination toward sin. The Evil Spirit is always on the prowl; St. Ignatius warns us of that fact regularly. We must constantly seek the grace of God to work against the very real and seductive grip that evil has on us so that we can ultimately fulfill God’s desire for us to spend eternity in heaven with God.  

—Marcus Fryer, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province and is the Pastoral Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver.

 

 

 

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Mk 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

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, 2018

Mk 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

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.

Eradicating sin and evil

No one really likes the idea of cutting off their own limbs … in fact, I do not doubt that Christ was hoping his words in today’s Gospel would be shocking! The focus here, instead, should be on the lengths Christ is willing to ask us to go to eradicate sin from our lives. Unfortunately, we are fallen creatures, but even in the midst of that, we remain beloved children of God. God wants to spend eternity with us in Heaven. To that end, God needs us to realize how sin really does harm our relationship with God and that we must be fervent in our desire and attempts to work against any inclination toward sin. The Evil Spirit is always on the prowl; St. Ignatius warns us of that fact regularly. We must constantly seek the grace of God to work against the very real and seductive grip that evil has on us so that we can ultimately fulfill God’s desire for us to spend eternity in heaven with God.  

—Marcus Fryer, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province and is the Pastoral Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver.

Prayer

Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can only expect from you.  Accomplish your will within me-even in spite of me.

—St. Claude de Colombiere, SJ

 

 

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Prayer

Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

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John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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, 2018

John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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.

Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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Prayer

God of surprises, open my eyes to the many and varied ways you are inviting me to grow closer to you today. Help me to recognize the gifts and graces present during this season of my life.

—Sarah Otto

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Invitation to be present to this season of life

I am incredibly grateful for the chance to spend Mondays at home with my 20-month old daughter. In between excursions to the library and playground, however, I’m usually trying to get the grocery shopping, laundry and other household chores done before the start of my workweek. This past Monday, I was cleaning up the kitchen while my daughter finished lunch when I heard the sweetest invitation: “Sit down, mama! Sit down!” I looked over at her high chair and she was pointing to the seat next to her. Her sweet bidding reminded me that this season will only last so long. Be present to it.

God invites us in a variety of ways all day long, which is why having a practice like the Examen prayer is so important in order to recognize them. Whatever today has in store for you: pain and sadness or celebration and joy, trust that God is in this particular season of your life. What’s the invitation for you today?

—Sarah Otto is a Retreat and Program Director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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