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Third Sunday of Advent

Is 35: 1-6a, 10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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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Rejoice in the glory God creates through us

Isaiah gives hope to the suffering people of Israel by picturing the wonderful world redeemed by God. “Be glad, rejoice, see, hear, leap, sing” are all words of joyful hope. In the Gospel from today’s Mass, we read that while John the Baptist was languishing in prison awaiting death, he wondered if Jesus was the Messiah (. John’s doubt is understandable; he needed to know if his life had been worthwhile. Jesus’ yes is shown by his fulfilling the hopes Isaiah preached.

What gives us hope today? Since the Middle Ages the Church has founded hospitals, lazar houses for lepers, orphanages, and universities. Many governments have taken up these same services. However, besides governments, the greatest provider of help to the suffering is our Church. How many see God’s beauty, hear music, walk upright, are healed, and hear the Good News because of our Church. Yes, let us be glad and rejoice in the glory God is creating through us.

—Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, is a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, LA.

 


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Prayer

Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you—
      to care for all that are close to us,
              to protect those who are threatened,
              to welcome those who are rejected,
              to forgive those who are burdened by guilt,
              to heal those who are broken and sick,
              to share with those who have little or nothing,
      to take the time to really know one another
              and love as you have loved us.
Amen.

John van de Laar


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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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December 15, 2019

Scripture

Third Sunday of Advent

Is 35: 1-6a, 10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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

Rejoice in the glory God creates through us

Isaiah gives hope to the suffering people of Israel by picturing the wonderful world redeemed by God. “Be glad, rejoice, see, hear, leap, sing” are all words of joyful hope. In the Gospel from today’s Mass, we read that while John the Baptist was languishing in prison awaiting death, he wondered if Jesus was the Messiah (. John’s doubt is understandable; he needed to know if his life had been worthwhile. Jesus’ yes is shown by his fulfilling the hopes Isaiah preached.

What gives us hope today? Since the Middle Ages the Church has founded hospitals, lazar houses for lepers, orphanages, and universities. Many governments have taken up these same services. However, besides governments, the greatest provider of help to the suffering is our Church. How many see God’s beauty, hear music, walk upright, are healed, and hear the Good News because of our Church. Yes, let us be glad and rejoice in the glory God is creating through us.

—Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, is a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, LA.

 


Prayer

Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you—
      to care for all that are close to us,
              to protect those who are threatened,
              to welcome those who are rejected,
              to forgive those who are burdened by guilt,
              to heal those who are broken and sick,
              to share with those who have little or nothing,
      to take the time to really know one another
              and love as you have loved us.
Amen.

John van de Laar

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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