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August 28, 2015

St. Augustine

1 Thes 4: 1-8

Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit 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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Growing in the Lord

Holiness is not the easiest nor most popular conversation topic. Yet holiness is what our God asks and invites, each and every day. Think of it as centering our daily living in God’s good grace, grounding my attitudes, decisions, and personal interactions in the Lord’s ever-present life and love. Easy to say; harder to accomplish….especially if I try to do it all alone.

If you think about it, holiness takes root within communitywith the faith, support, and example of family members, good friends, those I pray and worship with, even total strangers whose prayers and support power us forward throughout the day.

If you are not “into” holiness today, think about all those others in your life who need your strength and count on your prayers and active example of gospel living. Then say a prayer of thanks and hope.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

—St. Augustine of Hippo

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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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August 28, 2015

St. Augustine

1 Thes 4: 1-8

Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit 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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Growing in the Lord

Holiness is not the easiest nor most popular conversation topic. Yet holiness is what our God asks and invites, each and every day. Think of it as centering our daily living in God’s good grace, grounding my attitudes, decisions, and personal interactions in the Lord’s ever-present life and love. Easy to say; harder to accomplish….especially if I try to do it all alone.

If you think about it, holiness takes root within communitywith the faith, support, and example of family members, good friends, those I pray and worship with, even total strangers whose prayers and support power us forward throughout the day.

If you are not “into” holiness today, think about all those others in your life who need your strength and count on your prayers and active example of gospel living. Then say a prayer of thanks and hope.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

—St. Augustine of Hippo

Please share the Good Word with your friends!