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IS 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

The way of the righteous is level;

  O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.

In the path of your judgements,

  O Lord, we wait for you;

your name and your renown

  are the soul’s desire.

My soul yearns for you in the night,

  my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.

For when your judgements are in the earth,

  the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

O Lord, you will ordain peace for us,

  for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.

O Lord, in distress they sought you,

  they poured out a prayer*

  when your chastening was on them.

Like a woman with child,

  who writhes and cries out in her pangs

  when she is near her time,

so were we because of you, O Lord;

  we were with child, we writhed,

  but we gave birth only to wind.

We have won no victories on earth,

  and no one is born to inhabit the world.

Your dead shall live, their corpses* shall rise.

  O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!

For your dew is a radiant dew,

  and the earth will give birth to those long dead.*

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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All is done through God’s grace

“O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.” I know Isaiah is talking about God’s relationship with the Jewish community overall, but I take these verses personally. As a busy, 21st century, Type A, can-do attitude type, I tend to roll through life with the subconscious mindset that I’m in control. But, really, what do I have that was not given to me? I didn’t raise or educate myself, or choose to be born in a prosperous country, select my own DNA, you name it. All is gift. And Isaiah is right: it’s through God, and God’s grace, that all that we have done is accomplished. Why not spend a minute or two gratefully calling to mind God’s graces in your own life, and some of those folks who have mediated that grace.

—Chris Lowney is author of various books. His most recent is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Lord, there are few things in this world that I’m absolutely certain about. But here is one of them: I know I’m not grateful enough. Thank you for all the blessings that have showered down on me, and that you continue to shower down on me. Remind me to be a more grateful person, one who remembers to thank you every day.  Amen.

—Chris Lowney

 

 

 

 


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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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July 19, 2018

Scripture

IS 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

The way of the righteous is level;

  O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.

In the path of your judgements,

  O Lord, we wait for you;

your name and your renown

  are the soul’s desire.

My soul yearns for you in the night,

  my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.

For when your judgements are in the earth,

  the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

O Lord, you will ordain peace for us,

  for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.

O Lord, in distress they sought you,

  they poured out a prayer*

  when your chastening was on them.

Like a woman with child,

  who writhes and cries out in her pangs

  when she is near her time,

so were we because of you, O Lord;

  we were with child, we writhed,

  but we gave birth only to wind.

We have won no victories on earth,

  and no one is born to inhabit the world.

Your dead shall live, their corpses* shall rise.

  O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!

For your dew is a radiant dew,

  and the earth will give birth to those long dead.*

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

All is done through God’s grace

“O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.” I know Isaiah is talking about God’s relationship with the Jewish community overall, but I take these verses personally. As a busy, 21st century, Type A, can-do attitude type, I tend to roll through life with the subconscious mindset that I’m in control. But, really, what do I have that was not given to me? I didn’t raise or educate myself, or choose to be born in a prosperous country, select my own DNA, you name it. All is gift. And Isaiah is right: it’s through God, and God’s grace, that all that we have done is accomplished. Why not spend a minute or two gratefully calling to mind God’s graces in your own life, and some of those folks who have mediated that grace.

—Chris Lowney is author of various books. His most recent is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord, there are few things in this world that I’m absolutely certain about. But here is one of them: I know I’m not grateful enough. Thank you for all the blessings that have showered down on me, and that you continue to shower down on me. Remind me to be a more grateful person, one who remembers to thank you every day.  Amen.

—Chris Lowney

 

 

 

 

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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