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

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.

Be more, Do more

Posted on February 15th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

MAGIS

 

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”.

GENEROSITY

Posted on February 8th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

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.

 

ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

LOVE IN A VIOLENT WORLD

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

IN A VIOLENT WORLD…

 

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