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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mt 12: 46-50

While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

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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Offer our whole self to God

Today we remember the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when her parents Joachim and Anne brought Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem. They hadn’t expected to have children, so in thanksgiving for this gift, they offered her back to be consecrated to the Lord, to belong to him. This offering and belonging is echoed in the Gospel. Jesus’ “mother and brothers” come to him, and he explains what it takes to belong to him, as Mary does: “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Let us imitate this today. First, we experience the whole day as a gift from God. Then, in gratitude, we generously offer it back to him, to be used for his purpose. What does it take to consecrate our day? Using it to do “the will of [our] Father in heaven.” What is God asking you today?

Beau Guedry is a former Alum Service Corps volunteer who now teaches science and coordinates liturgy at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston. 

 


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Prayer

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.

—Suscipe of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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“The goal of the spiritual life, as Ignatius conceived it, is to ‘choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” This is a dynamic goal…Most of the time this means that we are to join with God in active work in the world. This active life rests on a foundation of reflection.” (Excerpt from What is Ignatian Spirituality? By David L. Fleming, S.J.)

 

At Saint Ignatius High School, there is much emphasis put on the active work accomplished by students through academics, athletics, service, arts and extracurricular clubs. Each day, the Ignatius community pauses at 1:20 p.m. for five minutes to reflect on that active work- to pray the examen prayer. The prayer is read by students, faculty or staff. Ignatius encouraged the Jesuits to make the examen a daily habit. We invite you to share in this practice by listening to the live broadcast and/or archives of the examen prayers of the school year. Click here to listen to the live daily examen (weekday) 1:20 p.m. EST broadcast and archived recordings of the Daily Examen.

 

The examen that Ignatius outlined in the Spiritual Exercises has five points: 1) be grateful for God’s blessings; 2) ask the help of the Spirit; 3) review the day, looking for times when God has been present and times when you have left him out; 4) express sorrow for sin and ask for God’s forgiving love; 5) pray for the grace to be more totally available to God who loves you so totally.

We invite you to pray with us

Saint Ignatius High School is alive with activity and God’s graces daily. Within those activities, all are reminded that God is present in the daily routines of class, work, home and social life. One way students are reminded of God’s presence is through the daily pause for the examen prayer, a contemplative prayer structure gifted to us through the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Through the Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius shows us we can find God in all things, and we are encouraged to enter a relationship with Christ. May you draw closer to God through this prayer site, and may it assist you in reminding you of God’s presence in our daily activities.



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November 21, 2019

Scripture

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mt 12: 46-50

While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

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

Offer our whole self to God

Today we remember the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when her parents Joachim and Anne brought Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem. They hadn’t expected to have children, so in thanksgiving for this gift, they offered her back to be consecrated to the Lord, to belong to him. This offering and belonging is echoed in the Gospel. Jesus’ “mother and brothers” come to him, and he explains what it takes to belong to him, as Mary does: “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Let us imitate this today. First, we experience the whole day as a gift from God. Then, in gratitude, we generously offer it back to him, to be used for his purpose. What does it take to consecrate our day? Using it to do “the will of [our] Father in heaven.” What is God asking you today?

Beau Guedry is a former Alum Service Corps volunteer who now teaches science and coordinates liturgy at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston. 

 


Prayer

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.

—Suscipe of St. Ignatius of Loyola

PRAYER REQUESTS

    In addition to the Jesuit community and students from Saint Ignatius High School dedicating intentional prayer time for all your requests, prayers for the sick will also take place on Friday mornings during the Gonzaga Society of Prayer at 7:30 a.m. in the St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel. Also, during the month of November, our community will pray in a special way for the deceased relatives and friends of those in our Saint Ignatius community.

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

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. Pay attention to your emotions

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. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

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. Look toward tomorrow

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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