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

PUTTING LOVE INTO PRACTICE

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

PUTTING LOVE INTO PRACTICE

 

Love consists in sharing

what one has

and what one is

with those one loves.

Love ought to show itself in deeds

more than in words.

 

  1. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

MAGNIFICAT. MARY’S PRAYER OF PRAISE

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

MAGNIFICAT – MARY’S PRAYER OF PRAISE

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my savior;

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

LUKE I:46-55

HAPPINESS

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

HAPPINESS

 

All beings tremble before violence

All fear death.

All love life.

See yourself in others.

Then whom can you hurt?

What harm can you do?

He who seeks happiness

By hurting those who seek happiness

Will never find happiness.

 

GOTAMA THE BUDDHA

 

 

From the Dhammapada, a scripture of earliest Indian Buddhism attributed to Gotama the Buddha.

MEN AND WOMEN WITH AND FOR OTHERS

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

MEN AND WOMEN WITH AND FOR OTHERS

At Saint Peter’s, “the prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for others … people who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors, people convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for human beings is a farce …

What is difficult is to be good in an evil world, where we are attacked by the egoism of others and the egoism built into the institutions of society…. Evil is overcome only by good, egoism by generosity. It is thus that we must sow justice in our world, substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society.”

Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, 1973

SALVE, REGINA

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

SALVE REGINA.

 

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy — our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To you do we sent up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us,

And after this exile show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHANGE

Posted on December 27th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

You do not have to change

for God to love you.

 

Be grateful

for your sins.

They are carriers of grace.

 

Say good-bye to golden yesterdays

–       or your heart

will never learn to love

the present.

 

ANTHONY DE MELLO, S.J.

THE ANGELUS

Posted on December 24th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now,

And at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace …

 

The Word was made flesh,

And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace …

 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts,

that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection. We pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

ENFOLD ME IN YOUR HEART

Posted on December 20th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart;

and there hold me, refine, purge, and set me on

fire,

raise me aloft, until my own self knows utter

annihilation.

 

PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, SJ

I TAKE MY STAND ON HIS WORD

Posted on December 13th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord
Lord hear my voice

be attentive to my cry.

 

If you remember our sin
who could bear it?

 

No, your glory is your forgiveness.

 

My soul hopes in the Lord; .
I take my stand on his word.

 

More than the sleepless awaiting the dawn
my soul awaits him.

 

As a vigiler awaits the dawn
let his friends await the Lord.

 

For with him is grace in abundance!
Out of the depths

I take my stand on his word.

 

DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J.

A PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Lord Christ, help us to see what it is

that joins us together, not what separates us.

For when we see only what makes us

different,

we too often become aware of what is wrong with

others.

We see only their faults and weaknesses,

interpreting their actions as flowing from

malice or hatred rather than fear.

Even when confronted with evil, Lord,

you forgave and sacrificed yourself

rather than sought revenge.

Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit.