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Eph 1:11-14

In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

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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Our purpose is to do God’s will

We are loved into this life by God. Jesus chose us. So what is our purpose in this life? This letter from Paul to the Ephesians states it quite simply. Our purpose is to do God’s will. How do we do this? As St. Ignatius’ First Principle and Foundation states, we are made to love, praise, and serve God in all that we do. This is our truth, which we place our faith and hope as we seek to do God’s will.

How am I loving, praising, and serving God with the gifts and talents God has given me? Where can I do this more? With whom do I need to do this more intentionally? What am I prepared to do?

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Acting Assistant Principal of Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God’s life to flow into us without limit. All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily. As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God insofar as they help us develop as loving persons. But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives, they displace God and so hinder our growth toward our goal. In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice and are not bound by some obligation. We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me.

—First Principle and Foundation as translated by David Fleming, SJ

 

 

 

 

 


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DAILY INSPIRATION

October 19, 2018

Scripture

Lk 12:8-12

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

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

Acknowledging God before the world

Throughout history, we have stories of martyrs who have accepted death rather than renouncing their faith in God.  While we may not be asked to make such a dramatic confession of faith, we have daily opportunities to choose whether to acknowledge or deny God.  We choose our answer when we respond to a Sunday brunch invitation at the same time as we’re planning to go to Mass. We decide whether to keep ashes on our foreheads throughout Ash Wednesday or wash them off.  We make a decision about how to respond to Jesus in the form of a homeless person standing at a freeway offramp.

How is your confession of faith in God shared with the world through your words and actions?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 


Prayer

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

—Nicene Creed

 

 

 

 

DAILY EXAMEN

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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