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THURSDAY, JUNE 11. Words of Life
 
Stream
Lord, fill my words with hope, encouragement, love and insight into what you are doing in this world. Align my perspective with yours, make my life a stream in the fountain of truth, and satisfy the thirst of all who need you. Amen.
 
Make it a great day, Bullpups!
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10. A prayer for peace and justice
 
Hands
Lord, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe. Let us dream together, pray together and work together, to build one world of peace and justice for all. Amen.
 

TUESDAY, JUNE 9
Chapel on Spirit Day
Good and gracious God, you have blessed us in ways big and small. As we look back over the past day, week, or month, help us to see the ways you have been present and moving in our lives, even in the midst of trials. May we strive to work for a more loving and just world, and seek to be blessings for others. Amen.
Source: https://jesuitprayer.org/
 

MONDAY, JUNE 8. "I have a dream"
 
This morning, let us listen to a recording of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, “I have a dream” and spend some time praying that through work, solidarity and justice, these words will become a reality. 
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 5. Pope Francis' prayer intention for June.
 
 

THURSDAY, JUNE 4. Listen, Learn, Love: A prayer for reconciliation and justice.
 
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3. An Examen.
 
Make it a great day, Bullpups!

TUESDAY, JUNE 2. A Prayer for Finals Week
 
My God, I believe most firmly that you watch over all who hope in you, and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon You in all things: therefore, I am resolved for the future to have no anxieties and to cast all my cares upon you”
— St. Claude de la Colombiere
 

Flame
MONDAY, JUNE 1. Come,  Holy  Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord,
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(Source: Loyola Press)
 

FRIDAY, MAY 29. A prayer for the Class of 2020 on their Spirit DaySeniors
 
Good and loving God:
We thank you for the completion of another academic year, and for giving us the opportunity,
short though it may have been, to play a part in the lives of our students and especially for the Class of 2020. We are grateful for your guidance and love as we shared in this important work.
 
Please bless and guide our Seniors as they reach this end, and as they chart new beginnings. May what they have learned by being here with us allow them to truly be "women and men for others." May what we have learned from them enable us to be the same.
 
Please help them to use all that they have learned here to make the world a better place - to serve others in true solidarity and kinship - to seek ways to help the poor, the marginalized, and those who are suffering - and to always seek the greater good.
 
We know that some of them will experience pain and hardship, and we know that some of them already have, and we ask you to grant them solace and strength.
 
Finally, Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to build our community with these young men and women while they are here. Though they are leaving our campus, we know that they will always be with us as part of the Prep family, and we ask that the bonds that have been created here remain strong despite any distance.
 
We ask all of this in your name, and in the name of your Son. Amen.
 
(Source: Written and offered by Phil Chick, Xavier University)
 

THURSDAY, MAY 28. "Be Near Me Still"
Be Near Me Still
Click to listen to a reflection on John 17: 20-26
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27. Examen: A reflection on the year
 

TUESDAY, MAY 26: Locker Clean-out Day
 
A prayer for our students as they clean out their lockers today:
May the God of surprise and new life bring you hope today. May the Christ of faithfulness and righteousness expand your love today. May the Spirit of steadfastness and encouragement welcome you to unity today. Let the wonder of the God who is One, the God who is three fill you, restore, renew and refresh. Love comes. Light shines. The miracle of God surges around us. Amen. 
 

FRIDAY, MAY 22: "I have you Lord, I have enough."
lectio divina
 
Click here to read, listen and reflect.

THURSDAY, MAY 21: The Ascension of the Lord
 
 
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father!
Amen
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20: An Examen for COVID-19
 
Covid-19 examen
 
Click here to read, listen and reflect.

TUESDAY, MAY 19: Care for our Common Home
 
Grant, gentle Father, that your Spirit may give us the will and the courage to act to make a difference, in order to make real your kingdom among us, so that we may we all live together in peace, truth, justice and love, sharing the resources of the earth. Amen.
 

MONDAY, MAY 18: Anniversary of Laudato Si and Food Drive: Round 2
 
On this 5th anniversary of the Encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis invites everyone to "respond to the ecological crisis, the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor can no longer wait." Let us pray this morning to commit ourselves to protect and heal God’s creation:
We have come to renew our covenant with God and with one another in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
We have come to help protect God's creation.We have come as followers of Jesus to commit ourselves anew to one another and to heal injustice and poverty. We have come to stand together against all threats to life. We have come to discover some new beauty every day in God's creation: the sunrise and sunset, birds, flowers and trees, rainbows in the sky, the stars, the many forms of life in the forest. We have come to listen to the "music of the universe"- water flowing over rocks, the wind, trees bending in the wind, raindrops pattering the roof. We will remember always that God speaks to us through the beauty of his creation, and we will try our best to answer God's call to reverence all that he has created. Amen.

FRIDAY, MAY 15: The Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer
 
St. Isidore, you embodied the dignity of work and beauty of charity. Pray for us that we too may have the courage and selflessness to give to those in need, to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, and that we too might be steadfast in prayer and devotion to Christ our Lord. Let us pray that we may constantly seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness by loving our neighbors as we love our Lord, our brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THURSDAY, MAY 14
 
"Prayer is our greatest weapon against the virus. What will we remember from this time? The things that unite us. Let us pray to feel like Church, family, and to defeat the pandemic. Let us pray so as to love [our] neighbors. In the face of the coronavirus, we cannot be demoralized.”
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13: The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
 
O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

TUESDAY, MAY 12: The Feast of St. Pancras
 
May your Church rejoice, O God,
confident in the intercession of the Martyr Saint Pancras,
and by his glorious prayers
may she persevere in devotion to you
and stand ever firm.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FRIDAY, MAY 8: A Prayer of Gratitude for Mothers
There are times when only a mother's love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother's heart and a mother's faith
And a mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.
— Source: JesuitResource.org

THURSDAY, MAY 7: Revisiting the Washing of the Feet
Blessed are you, Lord God.
The basin and the towel are signs to us of your Son’s servanthood.
You have made us partakers of Christ and of one another.
As we go forth, give us grace
to count others more important than ourselves,
to love our enemies,
to make peace.

Send the Spirit of truth to keep alive in us
what Jesus taught and did,
that our words may carry his good news, and
that our lives may bear the shape of the cross
of the One who lives and reigns with You
and with the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.

— from A Footwashing Liturgy by Reggie M. Kidd.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6: An Annunciation Examen

TUESDAY, MAY 5.
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.
Amen.

MONDAY, MAY 4.
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 remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.
Amen.

FRIDAY, MAY 1.
 
God, give us work so that we may share our talents with others and know the dignity and satisfaction that you give us through our efforts. Give us patience while you open doors and wisdom to see your will. Keep our families in your care, and provide for all our needs. Never let stress diminish our love for each other nor our work as part of your healing ministry. In your name we pray. Amen.
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30.
 
Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28.

 

Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


FRIDAY, APRIL 24.

 

Source of Blessing:

Our lives are in turmoil 

our hearts are heavy

help us to cope with this modern plague

We are worried for our families

we are concerned for our communities

our world is on the brink.

         Bless us with Strength

 

Source of Healing:

We give thanks for the gifts sometimes taken for granted in our home, our families, friends communities,

We are blessed to connect with technology and computers.

May we honour this sharing.

    Bless us with Strength

 

Source of Mercy:

We pray for courage to stay strong

for those in our care and for ourselves

We pray for insight and to act in loving ways 

to keep our communities safe.

    Bless us with strength

 

Source of Courage:

Quell our anxiety,

keep us safe

help us to continue to pray, sing and study

Let us virtually join hands and march together

       Bless us with Strength

 

Source of Hope:

 We pray for those 

who are at greatest risk vulnerable and scared

isolated and lonely

and for all those heroes ( that is you all too)

leading in this time of unknown

who keep us alive and feed.

    Bless us with Strength.


THURSDAY, APRIL 23

 

Mother Mary, be for me an example of surrender and engagement. Create within me a heart that is honest and pure, a heart that offers a haven to others, a heart that is generous and resolute, ever able to overcome difficulties, always ready to begin again, a humble heart that expects everything from Jesus your Son and our Lord. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22: Earth Day

Join us in an ecological examen on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Special thanks to Karen Round and the Green Team and Liz Slamkowski for the Margins Ecological Justice team additions to today's prayer!


TUESDAY, APRIL 21: The Feast of St. Anselm

O Lord my God. Teach my heart this day, where and how to find you. You have made me and re-made me, and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, and still I do not know you.I have not yet done that for which I was made.

Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire; let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you; let me love you when I find you. St. Anselm, pray for us.     Amen.


MONDAY, APRIL 20: Monday after Divine Mercy Sunday
 
O Jesus, I come before you
at the beginning of this day.
 
I gaze at your face,
I look upon your side
pierced by the lance.
 
Your wounded heart speaks to me
of God’s love poured out for us. 
 
Take, Lord, and receive my heart:
the words of faith that I speak,
the works of justice I would do,
my joys and sufferings.
 
When I come to the Eucharistic table,
gather my offerings to your own
for the life of the world.
 
At the end of the day,
place me with Mary, your mother,
and for her sake take me to your heart. Amen.
 
From "Hearts on Fire," page 13, "A Morning Offering”
 

BreadFRIDAY, APRIL 17:
 
Loving and gracious God,
When the obedient widow had given her family's last bit of flour to Eljah,
You fed them.
When you called your sons and daughters out of bondage,
You fed them.
When faced with hunger of the 5,000
With nothing save a few gracious handfuls offered up by a child,
You fed them.
Time and again you have foreshadowed the bread of salvation
By nourishing us with the bread of this world.
 
Lord you filled the fishermen's nets to bursting.
Fill us to bursting.
Fill us with compassion for our sisters and brothers.
Fill us with the grace that pours forth from your loving heart.
Fill us with obedience to your last commandments.
     To go forth into this world
     To do for others as you have done for us
     To feed your sheep.
 
So many are hungry,
and we are hungry too.
In our weariness, our complacency, our cynicism,
We have grown hungry for your commassionate spirit
 
Fill us to bursting. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16: "Peace be with you"
 
(The community will reflect on the following from - Ignatius of Loyola, The Autobiography)
As he sat by the river, the eyes of his understanding began to be opened; not that he saw any vision, but he understood and learnt many things,both spiritual matters and matters of faith and of scholarship, and this with so great an enlightenment that everything seemed new to him.
 
Lord, Ignite in us a new desire to see how you are doing great things in and through each of us. Help us experience your grace as St. Ignatius did by the river, when your will and works were magnified through all of creation. Help us to see this time of solitude as the beginning of a greater journey with you, our constant, loving and merciful companion.
 
Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15. Examen

 


TUESDAY, APRIL 14. "I have seen the Lord"

 

Draw us forth, God of all creation. Draw us forward and away from limited certainty into the immense world of your love. Give us the capacity to even for a moment taste the richness of the feast you give us. Give us the peace to live with uncertainty, with questions, with doubts. Help us to experience the resurrection anew with open wonder and an increasing ability to see you in the people of Easter. 

 

Amen.

 


Gonzaga Prep campusFRIDAY, APRIL 3. The Fifth Week of Lent

O Lord,
The safe light falls, heralding a new day
The warm blush carries your everlasting promise
I soak in the grace you give
At the dawn of each morning.
With the sun, hope also rises
To cast light into the darkness.
Sweet songs flow from skies
Emerging in the hazy glow.
Sounds of comfort
That lead us to wonder again at the beauty all around. Amen.

—"Dawn Prayer" from Living Prayers

 

Make it a great day Bullpups!

 


THURSDAY, APRIL 2. The Fifth Week of Lent

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

For this morning’s prayer, please take a moment to listen to Father Adams’ reflection, "Children of the Light."

 

If you would like our community to say a prayer for you, please write your intentions here and they will be included at Mass at Della Strada, the Jesuit residence. 

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1. The Fifth Week of Lent

This morning, Ms. Ma'ake leads us in an Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, "Ask for Grace"

I quiet myself down and calm my breathing, I remind myself that I am in the presence of God.

I spend a few moments in gratitude, thanking God for one or two of the blessings, big or small, that I have received. 

I ask God to show me the greatest challenge I face. Did I respond in spiritual freedom or unfreedom? I give thanks, I ask forgiveness, I ask for healing. I look to my spirit at this very moment. How am I feeling about this challenge? 

I tell God about my feelings and listen for any response. I ask the Lord to show me what grace or virtue I may need to meet this challenge in the future. I ask the Lord to make me open to this grace from this moment forward. 

I ask God to give me the grace to be the person that He is calling me to be. I repeat the name of this grace over and over before God. I imagine God quietly filling me with this grace. I praise God for the graces He bestows on me. 

I make a resolution to be the kind of person that I feel called to be. As I end my Examen, I make the sign of the cross. 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Hands of Ignatius

TUESDAY, MARCH 31. The Fifth Week of Lent

These alone, O Lord, are Enough (Click to Listen)

Today we pray with St. Ignatius, that God may receive all of our intentions, our joy, our fear, our hope, our anxiety and our gratitude on our journey.  Let us remember that God has created the world through love which includes each one of us. We are created in God’s image to carry this glory, to see it and to share it with others. As we pray, may we remember God’s gift of unconditional love.

 

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding,

and my entire will,

All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace,

that is enough for me.


MONDAY, MARCH 30. The Fifth Week of Lent

 

This morning let us pray to St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis was one of the Three Companions, the founders of the Society of Jesus. Francis traveled extensively through Asia spreading the Gospel. He is portrayed in the statue on Prep’s campus as the individual holding a missionary cross, leaning forward in anticipation of where God’s journey may take him. May we too lean into the mystery of our journey with God, knowing His love and His presence always surrounds us. 

Let us pray together in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Help me become a hero, One who executes both spiritual and physical feats; One who gives themself up to be a part of something greater; One who departs on a journey and returns changed.

Help me to emphasize the magis. One who does their best in every area; One who strives to be great in all aspects of their life.

Help me become a person with and for others. One who respects themself  as well as others; One who performs deeds not for themself, but for others. Amen.

Make it a great day Bullpups!


Pope Francis

FRIDAY, MARCH 27. The Fourth Week of Lent

Pope Francis has asked the world to unite in prayer with this supplication for healing to our Holy Mother Mary.

 

Let us all pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.

I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to.     Amen. 

If you would like to hear Pope Francis, click here


THURSDAY, MARCH 26. The Fourth Week of Lent

 

Lord of heaven and earth, anchor me well in your Kingdom and your peace visible in my eyes. May my words reflect eternal hope and my smile welcome others into it. May the assurance of my hope be contagious. Amen. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25. The Annunciation of the Lord

(The Examen will resume next week)

Today is the celebration of the Annunciation of the Lord. As the Gospel of Luke tells us, “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”” (Luke 1:26-28) 

 

Mary is faced with uncertainty and fear but at that same moment shows great strength and faith.  Let us imitate Mary’s example, ask her for her intercession where we face uncertainty and fear, and celebrate the gift of her child, Jesus Christ our Savior. 

 

Let us join together in prayer.  In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

God of Love and of Presence,

we trust that you are with us

and love us.

Help us to hear your voice,

to feel your presence,

and to know your love for us,

so that we can be that voice,

that presence, that love

for those who need it most.

Thomas Bambrick, SJ


TUESDAY, MARCH 24. The Fourth Week of Lent.

 

Today we celebrate the life of St.Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero denounced human rights violations during the Salvadoran civil war, and strongly supported the poor.  He was assassinated while proclaiming the Mass and was named as a martyr in the struggle for justice. 

 

Let us join together in prayer.  In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Loving God, Give us the strength, to be humble, to be faithful, to stand with our sisters and brothers. Give us the strength, to be like our brother Oscar, completely committed to Christ. Saint Oscar Romero, Pray for us. 

 


MONDAY, MARCH 23. The Fourth week of Lent.

 

This week began with Laetare Sunday, a reminder of the joy of Easter to come. Laetare is the Latin command to rejoice, but in our current situation we might find it difficult to rejoice. 

Sunday’s reading from The Gospel of John reminds us that sight and perspective are found through prayer and petition to God. St. John Henry Cardinal Newman reflected on a similar situation during a period of isolation because of illness. Newman turned to God through poetry. He composed a poem that became a hymn, in which he asked God for light during a time of personal darkness. Lead Kindly Light, You may click the link to hear it performed. 


Let us join together in prayer.  In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


“Lord God, in the midst of all the darkness around us, at a time when we may find it difficult to see beyond the fear and uncertainty in our midst, help us to fix our eyes on you, knowing that you are here with us.” —The Jesuit Prayer team

In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. 

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 19. St. Joseph’s Day

 

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, earthly head of the Holy Family. He received a message from the Angel of the Lord, Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived. And when he awoke, he did as the Angel of the Lord commanded him.”

 

Let us join in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

We pray, O Lord, that, just as Saint Joseph served with loving care your Only Begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary, that we may also minister to your people with a pure heart.

 

Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee,

Heart of Mary, I implore thee,

Heart of Joseph, meek and just,

In these three Hearts I place my trust. Amen. 


In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.