Day 31 | 31 days of St Ignatius 2018
Happy Feast of St Ignatius!
(The Message translation)
A David Psalm
Thank you! Everything in me says 'Thank you!'
Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: 'Thank you!'
Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.
When they hear what you have to say, GOD, all earth's kings will say 'Thank you.'
They'll sing of what you've done: 'How great the glory of GOD!'
And here's why: GOD, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance,
he knows everything about us.
When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. With one hand strike my foes,
With your other hand save me.
Finish what you started in me, GOD.
YOUR LOVE IS ETERNAL - DON'T QUIT ON ME NOW
Continue your Spiritual journey
Ongoing Prayer in Daily Life
We have had a deeper experience of God.
- Now where do we go? How will we continue?
- What are the ways in which we can pray in our ordinary lives?
- There are as many ways of praying as there are people.
- Prayer is about our relationship with God.
- No two people have the same relationship with God.
- Each person has his/her own unique way of praying.
- Especially at particular times of the year, e.g. Lent, Advent.
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament
- Sit there with Jesus. 'I look at Him and He looks at me'.
- Bring to the Lord whatever is going on within you: hopes, joys, suffering, fear, worry, anxiety, problems, people, situations.
- Stay with this. Talk to Him about these things.
- Perhaps no solution will be received except for the gift of peace, or perseverance.
- Aim at 5-10 minutes every day. You may be able to do more. If so, fine - but if not, don't worry.
- Find a suitable time and place. Maybe a little corner in the house, somewhere very simple - a prayer corner with perhaps a statue, icon, bible, candle.
- Go to that place to pray.
- Find a comfortable position.
- Listen to sounds (inside and outside).
- Listen to your own breathing.
- Say a short prayer, e.g. 'Lord, teach me to pray.'
Different ways of Praying
- What scripture passages? Readings of Sunday and weekday Masses.
- Leaflet for Sunday Mass could be used during the week: e.g. three readings and a psalm; opening and closing prayers; after-communion prayer.
- Little books with short pieces of scripture for every day of the year, e.g. 'Speak Lord, your servant is listening' by David Rosage (Servant Books).
- Visit www.pray-as-you-go.org - sunscribe to the podcast of download the app.
- This Sunday - www.pathwaystogod. org/my-prayer-life/sunday
- Just one mystery: read it from the Gospel - pondering/searching. (This will cover 15 days.)
Stations of the Cross
- Can be prayed in the same way as the Rosary.
- Walk around...gazing...just look... no need for words. Be there with Jesus and Mary. (A way to pray for Lent and Fridays.)
- Luke 11: 1: 'Lord, teach us how to pray'. Luke 11: 9: 'Ask and you will receive'.
- Our Father, Hail Mary or other prayers of your own spoken slowly. Take one phrase, e.g. 'Hallowed be thy name' or 'Give us this day our daily bread'.
- Repeat the phrase over and over again.
- Use a word or phrase from scripture, or aspirations known from childhood.
- Repeat this word or phrase slowly over and over again during the day - perhaps while standing in a queue, washing the dishes, driving, gardening, etc. For example, the word 'Jesus' or 'O God, you are my God; for you I long' or 'Jesus mercy; Mary help' or 'Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you' or the Jesus Prayer: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner'.
Awareness of God living in me
- 'Make your home in me as I make mine in you' (John 15: 1-8)
- 'You are God's temple' (1 Cor 3: 16)
- Prayer to remind me of this: e.g. 'I am in Jesus, Jesus is in me. I am in peace'.
The Pope's Global Prayer Network - Praying with the Pope
- For his monthly intentions:
- With Christ in the morning:
- the Morning Offering ... the Angel us
- With Christ during the day:
- walking ... become aware of God, in creation ... in nature ... in changing seasons ... in people's faces
- pray for the needs of the world
- With Christ last thing at night:
- the Examen
Daily Awareness Exercise (the Examen)
- Thank the Lord for today and all that has gone to make up this day.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind any experience of the day through which God wants to speak to you.
- Be quiet and let something surface.
- Re-live the experience.
- Ask the Lord what He wants you to see through that experience.
- Ask for the grace to respond to His call to you today and tomorrow.
- Prayer is a relationship with God. Like all relationships, it has its ups and downs. We learn to pray by praying.
- God is found in the NOW, in distractions too.
- Pray as you can; not as you can't.
- Finally, prayer is a gift - 'I can't make it happen on my own'. Ask often for that gift: 'Lord, teach us to pray' knowing that God wants to give that gift to us all.
Our Lady of the Way, Pray for us
Be for me an example of surrender and engagement. Create within me
a heart that is honest and pure,
a heart that offers a haven to others,
a heart that is generous and resolute,
ever able to overcome difficulties,
always ready to begin again
a humble heart
that expects everything from Jesus
your Son and our Lord.
(Prayer to Our Lady in the Jesuit community in Bruges, 1762)
You might find this series of prayers useful, written by Michael Campbell-Johnston SJ, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Join us today in London or Liverpool for a mass to celebrate.
Lord, teach me to be generous;
To serve You, as you deserve;
To give, and not to count the cost;
To fight, and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labour, and not to ask for any reward -Except to know that I am doing your will.
- St Ignatius
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