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November 24, 2014

St. Andrew Dung-Lac & companions

Luke 21: 1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

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-translations

Giving All

The widow embodies the spirit of the Suscipe prayer. She offered her entire livelihood and all of her life to God. The ease of her giving all that she could makes me pause and seriously reflect on my life’s stance.

Do I give all of my life to God? Do I return all of my life to God and invite God to do with it what God wants? Or do I hold back parts and pieces of my life such as my money, my gifts, and my relationships while telling God I am all in on our relationship?

I invite us today to sit with Jesus and with his help take stock of our lives. Where might he show us that we are not offering the totality of ourselves, our gifts, and our relationships to God?  Talk with Jesus about what arises in prayer.

What is a concrete step I can take today to move me towards embodying the Suscipe the way the widow does?

—Becky Eldredge is a spiritual director, writer, retreat facilitator and mom of three.  

Prayer

I can’t. You can. I’m yours. Show me the Way!

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.





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November 24, 2014

St. Andrew Dung-Lac & companions

Luke 21: 1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

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-translations

Giving All

The widow embodies the spirit of the Suscipe prayer. She offered her entire livelihood and all of her life to God. The ease of her giving all that she could makes me pause and seriously reflect on my life’s stance.

Do I give all of my life to God? Do I return all of my life to God and invite God to do with it what God wants? Or do I hold back parts and pieces of my life such as my money, my gifts, and my relationships while telling God I am all in on our relationship?

I invite us today to sit with Jesus and with his help take stock of our lives. Where might he show us that we are not offering the totality of ourselves, our gifts, and our relationships to God?  Talk with Jesus about what arises in prayer.

What is a concrete step I can take today to move me towards embodying the Suscipe the way the widow does?

—Becky Eldredge is a spiritual director, writer, retreat facilitator and mom of three.  

Prayer

I can’t. You can. I’m yours. Show me the Way!

Please share the Good Word with your friends!