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

PRAISE TO THE HOLY TRINITY

Posted on May 30th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord God almighty: Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom you have revealed yourself to us; God of all creation and of the whole race of saints who live under your eyes — I bless you because you have decided to give me this day and this hour for martyrdom, so that I may rise to eternal life both in soul and in body, in virtue of the immortality of the Holy Spirit. Therefore I praise you for everything; I bless you; I glorify you through the eternal and heavenly high priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son — through whom be glory to you together with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, both now and for all the ages yet to come. Amen.

Saint Polycarp, died 167 AD, disciple of Saint John the Evangelist

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love —
who filled the Virgin Mary with grace,
who changed the hearts of the Apostles,
who gave miraculous courage to the Martyrs —
come and make us holy.
Give light to our minds, give strength to our wills.
Purify our conscience, rectify our judgment
and set our hearts on fire. Amen.

GOD AND WOMEN

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

God has a special interest in women
for they can lift this world to their breast
and help God
comfort.

Mirabai (1498 – 1547) — the most renowned woman poet-saint of India.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – THE FINAL WORD

Posted on April 25th, 2015 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – THE FINAL WORD

 

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

I believe that wounded justice,

lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations,

can be lifted from this dust of shame

to reign supreme among the children of men.

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere

can have three meals a day for their bodies,

education and culture for their minds,

and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.

I believe that what self-centered men have torn down,

men other-centered can build up.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nobel Prize Speech

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?