A sacred place for worship and reflection for both the Jersey City and Saint Peter’s University communities.

I’VE SEEN THE PROMISED LAND

Posted on April 18th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

I’VE SEEN THE PROMISED LAND

 

I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead.

But it really doesn’t matter with me now,

because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life — longevity has its place.

But I’m not concerned about that now.

I just want to do God’s will.

And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.

And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.

I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight

That we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.

So I’m happy tonight;

I’m not worried about anything;

I’m not fearing any man.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the-coming of the Lord.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I COULD NOT BEAR TO TOUCH GOD

Posted on April 11th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

I COULD NOT BEAR TO TOUCH GOD

I could not bear to touch God with my own hand

when He came within

my reach,

but He wanted me

to hold Him.

How God solved my blessed agony –

who can understand?

He turned my

body into

His.

 

Meister Eckhart

THE WOMEN AND THE GOOD NEWS

Posted on April 4th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

THE WOMEN AND THE GOOD NEWS

1 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb of Jesus, carrying the spices which they had prepared. 2 When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance, 3 they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, 4 and they did not know what to think.

Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said: Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? 6 Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you:   7 The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.

8 Then they remembered what Jesus had said. 9-10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women were the ones who had gone to the tomb.

Gospel of Luke, chapter 24

THOU ART INDEED JUST, LORD

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

THOU ART INDEED JUST, LORD*

 

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

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

ST PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE

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.

 

ST. PATRICK

LET US NOT BE BLINDED

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

LET US NOT BE BLINDED

O Lord,

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

one roof.

Pope John XXIII

(1881-1963)

A PRAYER IN TIME OF NEED

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

A PRAYER IN TIME OF NEED

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

(1225-1274)

SERVICE IS JOY

Posted on March 1st, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

SERVICE IS JOY

 

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!

 

NABINDRANATH TAGORE

(1861 – 1941)

Posted on February 22nd, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

LOVE

 

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.

 

THOMAS AQUINAS

 

 

 

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.”

ASH WEDNESDAY

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

ASH WEDNESDAY — Psalm 51

 

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.