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Lk 6: 36-38

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.



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Living up to God’s expectations

After sharing good advice on how we should be interacting with others, Christ expresses that “the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” He tells us that the expectations we hold for those we encounter are the expectations that God has for us. Recently I realized that I often set very high expectations for the people in my life and never verbalize them. Yet, I am disappointed when they don’t live up to my expectations and therefore feel that our relationship has been damaged. If God is measuring me the same way I am measuring the people I love, I’m miserably failing at meeting his expectations. Sometimes it takes a reality check to see with eyes of compassion and mercy, to recognize that forgiveness always supersedes teaching someone a lesson, and to open our hearts to loving even when it is most difficult to do so.  

—Sara Spittler is the First Years Chaplain and a Religious Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.



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Good and gracious God, help me to view others with the loving and merciful heart with which you look at me.  May I be quick to offer forgiveness rather than anger, love rather than judgment. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team




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March 18, 2019


St. Joseph

Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24A

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.


Ignatian Reflection

Guardians of Christ

We often think of Joseph as gentle and quiet, but it is a mistake to interpret his quiet gentility as weakness.

Joseph had one assignment: to protect and provide for Christ and his mother. This was no easy task. Every time we hear of Joseph, he is being bold. He whisks his family to safety from murderous Herod. He courageously walks his family past Herod’s palace to visit the Temple every year. Even taking Mary into his home in the first place was an act of courage and resolve.

Joseph is a model for all Christians, for we are also called to be guardians of Christ. We nourish Christ in ourselves. We protect Christ in the poor who suffer. We stand up for the Word with our lives.

We may do these things quietly and gently, but make no mistake, it takes Christian courage to do so. Be brave, do not be afraid to take Christ into your heart!

For reflection: Do I nourish Christ in my heart? Do I protect Christ in the suffering of others? Do I guard the truth and Word of Christ in the world?

—Stephen Kramer, SJ, is a Jesuit deacon of the Central and Southern Province currently finishing his Master’s degree in Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  He will be ordained to the priesthood in June.







Joseph, son of David, and husband of Mary;
We honor you, guardian of the Redeemer,
and we adore the child you named Jesus.
Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church,
pray for us, that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests of the Savior.

—From the Rosary of St. Joseph








Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this is prayed communally at Loyola Academy each school day.

  1. God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.
  2. God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.
  3. God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.
  4. God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me and continue to bless me.
  5. As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.




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