While reviewing the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola I ran across this Jesus-focused prayer that Ignatius recommends often during the exercises.
Soul of Christ, make me holy
Body of Christ, redeem me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, cleanse me
Passion of Christ, make me strong
O Good Jesus, hear me
Hide me in your wounds
Never let me depart from you
Defend me from the evil enemy
Call me at the hour of my death
Bid me to come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.
“Mercy is the highest art and the shield of those who practice it. It is the friend of God, standing always next to him and freely blessing whatever he wishes. It must not be despised by us. For in its purity it grants great liberty to those who respond to it in kind. It must be shown to those who have quarreled with us, as well as to those who have sinned against us, so great is its power. It breaks chains, dispels darkness, extinguishes fire, kills the worm and takes away the gnashing of teeth. By it the gates of heaven open with the greatest of ease. In short mercy is a queen which makes humans like God.”
— Chrysostom (Catena 13)
“Men don’t care what’s on TV. They only care what else is on TV.”
— Jerry Seinfeld
“Why tip someone for a job that I’m capable of doing myself?. . .I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can and do cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist because I am not able to pulverize my own kidney stones.”
–Dwight Schrute (from The Office)
“There are others who are primarily concerned that their experience of worship ‘meet their needs.’ However their ‘needs’ are defined, this approach to worship invariably reveals the problematic consequence of gospel reductionism. It is missionally relevant in the way it shows how much we are captive to our culture and its priorities. The ‘gospel which meets my needs’ must be replaced with the good news that reveals needs I did not know I had while providing healing I never dreamed was possible.”
from The Continuing Conversion of the Church by Darrell L. Gruder, page 155
Yesterday I enjoyed reading Erwin Raphael McManus’ book, The Barbarian Way (thanks, J. Scott). It was a fun, quick read. I wanted to share a brief quote without comment.
“The more your identity is rooted in God’s value for you, the less you are controlled and limited by what others think of you” (page 70).
“The church of Christ is not supposed to be a group of harmless, irrelevant, mind-your-own-business worshippers who gather once a week, tucked away from anything public, just to practice their form of religion. … Nothing could be more unbiblical. The purpose behind this satanically inspired dogma is to keep the Church from being the Church – the ekklesia.”
– Dutch Sheets, Authority in Prayer: Praying with Power and Purpose