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Lk 8:16-18

“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken 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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Lucky

On the night I lied to my father about having brushed my teeth, he taught me a pretty clear lesson by making me turn over my best friend, Little Bunny—a love-tattered stuffed animal. At bedtime, I asked for Little Bunny. My father’s response: “He’s been torn to shreds. He’s in the trash.” My father was lying to me. I was devastated. Clever dad.

I always tried to tell the truth after that, until I was in the fourth grade, and my mother and I saw a crate of puppies at a feed store. She told me we could get one, but we’d have to tell my father the puppy had been abandoned. My mother told me I’d have to take this secret to my grave. I reluctantly agreed. No joke, we even named the dog “Lucky.”

My mother passed away when I was 22, and Lucky a year later. My father was so upset when Lucky died, seemingly reliving the grief from the loss of my mother. So, I told him the secret I had kept for so many years. I told him how Mom had orchestrated the entire story because her heart broke for this puppy. And my dad doubled over in laughter.

What is essentially good about our lives looks best in the light of truth. It’s important for us to remember that though we’re all capable of sin, all will be revealed in the sunlight of the morning.

—Austin Freeman is an English teacher and the Test Prep Coordinator forJesuit High School in Tampa, FL.

 

 


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Prayer

Prayer for the Light of Truth

O my God, I confess that You can enlighten my darkness. I confess that You alone can. I wish my darkness to be enlightened. I do not know whether You will: but that You can and that I wish, are sufficient reasons for me to ask, what You at least have not forbidden my asking. I hereby promise that by Your grace which I am asking, I will embrace whatever I at length feel certain is the truth, if ever I come to be certain. And by Your grace I will guard against self-deceit which may lead me to take what nature would have, rather than what reason approves.

—Blessed John Henry Newman


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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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DAILY INSPIRATION

September 24, 2018

Scripture

Lk 8:16-18

“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken 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

Lucky

On the night I lied to my father about having brushed my teeth, he taught me a pretty clear lesson by making me turn over my best friend, Little Bunny—a love-tattered stuffed animal. At bedtime, I asked for Little Bunny. My father’s response: “He’s been torn to shreds. He’s in the trash.” My father was lying to me. I was devastated. Clever dad.

I always tried to tell the truth after that, until I was in the fourth grade, and my mother and I saw a crate of puppies at a feed store. She told me we could get one, but we’d have to tell my father the puppy had been abandoned. My mother told me I’d have to take this secret to my grave. I reluctantly agreed. No joke, we even named the dog “Lucky.”

My mother passed away when I was 22, and Lucky a year later. My father was so upset when Lucky died, seemingly reliving the grief from the loss of my mother. So, I told him the secret I had kept for so many years. I told him how Mom had orchestrated the entire story because her heart broke for this puppy. And my dad doubled over in laughter.

What is essentially good about our lives looks best in the light of truth. It’s important for us to remember that though we’re all capable of sin, all will be revealed in the sunlight of the morning.

—Austin Freeman is an English teacher and the Test Prep Coordinator forJesuit High School in Tampa, FL.

 

 


Prayer

Prayer for the Light of Truth

O my God, I confess that You can enlighten my darkness. I confess that You alone can. I wish my darkness to be enlightened. I do not know whether You will: but that You can and that I wish, are sufficient reasons for me to ask, what You at least have not forbidden my asking. I hereby promise that by Your grace which I am asking, I will embrace whatever I at length feel certain is the truth, if ever I come to be certain. And by Your grace I will guard against self-deceit which may lead me to take what nature would have, rather than what reason approves.

—Blessed John Henry Newman

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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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