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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3. The Fifth Week of Lent
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.