7/31/13

Praying on the Feast of St. Ignatius



July 31 is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).




The lyrics of John Foley's song in the video and the following two prayers are attributed to Saint Ignatius.  

Anima
Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
Good Jesus, hear me
Within the wounds, shelter me
From turning away, keep me
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
Into your presence lead me
to praise you with all your saints
Forever and ever
Amen. 


Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me 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 labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will. 


The First Principle and Foundation

St. Ignatius begins his Spiritual Exercises with The First Principle and Foundation. The following is a paraphrase of Ignatius by David L. Fleming, S.J.

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.

All the things in this world are gifts from God,
presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
they displace God
and so hinder our growth toward our goal.

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
and are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
a deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
to God's deepening his life in me.


  

     
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this First Principle and Foundation piece. At 46 I am still trying to figure out who the essential me is, what my gifts are and how to use them. This is a beautiful message. Once again I've found a nugget of truth from your blog to print out and keep with me as a reminder.