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Mk 1:21-28

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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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Holding back from change

“Have you come to destroy us?” We humans aren’t great with change. It is January, the season of New Year’s resolutions, so maybe you are feeling the challenge of changing a routine or outlook on life. I know I am. There is something jarring and upending about the idea of changing our ways of acting and being and I hear that reflected in today’s Gospel. The man possessed calls Jesus by name and asks if he is here to destroy us. As we see, Jesus calls out the evil spirit from the man.

What are our fears in fully committing our lives to Jesus? What parts of ourselves do we wish to stay the same? Where are the flickers of selfishness and pride in our day? With whom do we withhold our generosity? Let’s offer these to the Lord and let him upend and change us. For the better.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is a social worker at Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

 


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Prayer

Take Lord, receive, 
My selfishness, my ego and my pride
These aren’t my best self. 
These keep me caged and fearful of others and of You.

Change my heart to be a bit more like Yours: 
On fire with Love beyond all telling.

When I screw up today, help me try again.

Mostly, sweet Jesus, help me laugh at myself. 
Because with a good sense of humor, a little pluck and with You
All things are possible.

Amen

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

 

 

 

 


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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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January 15, 2019

Scripture

Mk 1:21-28

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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

Holding back from change

“Have you come to destroy us?” We humans aren’t great with change. It is January, the season of New Year’s resolutions, so maybe you are feeling the challenge of changing a routine or outlook on life. I know I am. There is something jarring and upending about the idea of changing our ways of acting and being and I hear that reflected in today’s Gospel. The man possessed calls Jesus by name and asks if he is here to destroy us. As we see, Jesus calls out the evil spirit from the man.

What are our fears in fully committing our lives to Jesus? What parts of ourselves do we wish to stay the same? Where are the flickers of selfishness and pride in our day? With whom do we withhold our generosity? Let’s offer these to the Lord and let him upend and change us. For the better.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is a social worker at Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

 


Prayer

Take Lord, receive, 
My selfishness, my ego and my pride
These aren’t my best self. 
These keep me caged and fearful of others and of You.

Change my heart to be a bit more like Yours: 
On fire with Love beyond all telling.

When I screw up today, help me try again.

Mostly, sweet Jesus, help me laugh at myself. 
Because with a good sense of humor, a little pluck and with You
All things are possible.

Amen

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

 

 

 

 

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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