Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend
With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.
Why do sinners’ ways prosper? and why must
Disappointment all I endeavour end?
Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,
How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost
Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust
Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,
Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes
Now, leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again
With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes
Them; birds build – but not I build; no, but strain,
Time’s eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.
Mine, O thou Lord of life, send my roots rain.
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, S.J.
* Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum;
verumtamen justa loquar ad te:
Quare via impiorum prosperatur?]]>
Christ be with me:
Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me;
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise;
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
do not let us turn into “broken cisterns”
which can hold no water.
Do not let us be so blinded by the enjoyment
of the good things of earth
that our hearts become insensible to the cry
of the poor,
of the sick,
of orphaned children
and of those many brothers and sisters of ours
who lack the necessary minimum to eat,
to clothe their nakedness,
and to gather their family together under
Pope John XXIII
Grant, Lord, that I may gladly share what I have with those in need,
humbly ask for what I need from anyone who has,
sincerely admit the evil which I have done,
calmly bear the evil which I suffer,
not envy my neighbor for his blessings,
and thank you unceasingly whenever you hear my prayer.
St. Thomas Aquinas
I slept and I dreamed
that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw
that life is all service.
I served and I saw
that service is joy!
(1861 – 1941)]]>
We must love them both —
those whose opinions we share
and those whose opinions we reject,
for both have labored in the search for truth,
and both have helped us in finding it.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was born in southern Italy, entered the Dominican Order, and studied under St. Albert the Great at Cologne. He introduced into the study of philosophy and theology the method of carefully weighing opposing points of view before deciding where the preponderance of evidence lay and adapted the philosophy of the pagan Aristotle to the service of Christian theology. His masterwork was the Summa Theologica, but he never finished the work, for after a mystical experience he said: “All that I have written seems to me like so much straw after what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.”]]>
1 Be merciful to me, O God,
because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy
wipe away my sins!
2 Wash away all my evil
and make me clean from my sin!
3 I recognize my faults;
I am always conscious of my sins.
4 I have sinned against you — only against you —
and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me;
you are justified in condemning me.
5 I have been evil from the day I was born;
from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
6 Sincerity and truth are what you require;
fill my mind with your wisdom.
7 Remove my sin, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
and though you have crushed me and broken me,
I will be happy once again.
9 Close your eyes to my sins
and wipe out all my evil.
10 Create a pure heart in me, O God,
and put a new and loyal spirit in me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence;
do not take your holy spirit away from me.
12 Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach sinners your commands,
and they will turn back to you.
14 Spare my life, O God, and save me,
and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.
15 Help me to speak, Lord,
and I will praise you.
16 You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them;
you are not pleased with burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;
you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.]]>
We should recall that mediocrity has no place in the world view of St Ignatius.
He demands leaders in service to others in building the Kingdom of God –
in the market place of business and ideas, of service, of law and justice, of economics, theology and all areas of human life.
He urges us to work for the greater glory of God because the world desperately needs men and women of competence and conscience who generously give of themselves for others.
PETER-HANS KOLVENBACH, SJ
Peter-Hens Kolvenbach, SJ, a native of the Netherlands, became a Jesuit, studied linguistics, and taught in Lebanon for many years, before becoming head of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He was elected superior general of the Society of Jesus in 1983. In one of his talks he profiled the ideal graduates of a Jesuit education. The word “Magis” is Latin for “More”.]]>
Teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you
as you deserve;
and not to count the cost;
and not to heed the wounds;
and not to seek for rest;
and not to ask for reward;
Save that of knowing
that I do your will.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA]]>
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
o Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI]]>