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Posted on November 28th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

25 Jesus said:
Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth whole countries will be in despair, afraid of the roar of the sea and the raging tides. 26 People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken. 27 Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory.
28 When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and be brave, because your salvation is near. 34 Don’t spend all of your time with thoughts about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth. 36 Watch out and keep praying that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke chapter 21)

O God, good and merciful, in Advent we thank you for the beginning of a new year. Please bless us and fill us with your grace and your love. Please give us your Holy Spirit, so that we will be ready to welcome Jesus, when we celebrate his birth at Christmas, and to proclaim his victory when he comes again at the end of time. And then please give us eternal joy with you in heaven.
We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


Posted on November 21st, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

33 Seated inside his palace, Pilate asked Jesus: Are you the king of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered: Does this question come from you or have others told you about me?
35 Pilate replied: It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done?
36 Jesus answered: My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If it did, my followers would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. No, my kingdom doesn’t belong to this world.
37 Pilate replied: So you are a king.
Jesus told him: You are saying that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me. (John, chapter 18)

O God, good and merciful, after his death on the cross you raised Jesus to life and exalted him to glory. He rules now as King, to bring salvation to this world, weakened by sin and full of violence. Together with all of your Church we praise you. By the power of your Spirit, please give guidance to our lives, so that we may help to build your kingdom by what we say and what we do. We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Batter my heart

Posted on November 14th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.



Batter my heart, three-person’d God; for You

As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;

That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend

Your forces to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

I, like an usurp’d town, to another due

Labour to admit You, but O, to no end;

Reason, Your viceroy in me, me should defend,

But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.

Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,

But am betrothed unto Your enemy;

Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,

Take me to You, imprison me, for I

Except You enthral me, never shall be free,

Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me.


JOHN DONNE (England, 1572-1631)


Posted on November 7th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.



Discernment is the process of making choices, from within the context of faith, between competing alternatives that seem good. For St. Ignatius, the process involves prayer, reflection and openness to the advice of others. While the rational consideration of pros and cons is important, special attention is paid to the movements of various spirits as experienced in one’s feelings, emotions, and fundamental desires. Do they lead toward God or away from God?


For Ignatius, a prerequisite for good discernment is freedom from attachments to all things, except of course, to God. To what are you attached? Consider all the “things,” desires and assumptions that shape your life today or your ambitions for tomorrow. But consider also how attached you are to the “world” which your imagination constructs, or to your imagined “self’ — your ideas, your worldviews, your ambitions and dreams. How do these “attachments” cloud your judgment as you try to make the choices that keep you on the path to God?


Posted on October 31st, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

9 In my vision I saw a large crowd with more people than could be counted. They were from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they stood before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands, 10 as they shouted: Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!
13 One of the elders asked me: Do you know who these people are that are dressed in white robes?
Then he told me: These are the ones who have gone through the great suffering. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have made them white. 15 And so they stand before the throne of God and worship him in his temple day and night. The one who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 They will never hunger or thirst again, and they won’t be troubled by the sun or any scorching heat. 17 The Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to streams of life-giving water, and God will wipe all tears from their eyes. (Apocalypse, chapter 7)


Posted on October 24th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

The focus of prayer is not the self. A man may
spend hours meditating about himself, or be stirred by
the deepest sympathy for his fellow man, and no prayer
will come to pass. Prayer comes to pass in a complete
turning of the heart toward God, toward His goodness
and power. It is the momentary disregard of one’s per-
sonal concerns, the absence of self-centered thoughts,
which constitute the art of prayer. Feeling becomes
prayer in the moment in which one forgets oneself and
becomes aware of God. When we analyze the con-
sciousness of a supplicant, we discover that it is not
concentrated upon his own interests, but on something
beyond the self. The thought of personal need is absent,
and the thought of divine grace alone is present in his
mind. Thus, in beseeching Him for bread, there is one
instant, at least, in which the mind is directed neither to
one’s hunger nor to food, but to His mercy. This instant
is prayer.

In prayer we shift the center of living from self-
consciousness to self-surrender. God is the center
toward which all forces tend. He is the source, and we
are the flowing of His force, the ebb and flow of
His tides.




Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1901-1972), educated in Germany, emigrated to the United States in 1940, fleeing Nazi persecution. His religious philosophy brings together traditional Jewish texts and modern questions to explore the reality underlying religion, including the living and dynamic relationship between God and humanity.


Posted on October 17th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Nothing is more practical than finding God,

than falling in Love

in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,

what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide

what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you do with your evenings,

how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know,

what breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.


Fall in Love, stay in love,

and it will decide everything.




Posted on October 10th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Oh God,

You created all people in your image.

We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and
cultures in this world.

Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship,
and show us your presence in those who differ most from us,

until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in
our love for all your children;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Lutheran Book of Worship


Posted on October 3rd, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Oh God, I wish from now on

to be the first to become conscious

of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers;


I want to be the first to seek,

to sympathize and to suffer;

the first to unfold and sacrifice myself


to become more widely human

and more nobly of the earth

than of any of the world’s servants.





Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

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