A prayer of Ignatius

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.

Have Mercy

“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)

Schrute Wisdom


“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)

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“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

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“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

On Fighting Monsters

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” Friedrich Nietzsche, from Beyond Good and Evil

Have you ever become what you hate? You know, when you see something wrong, some injustice, some way in which people are treating others unfairly and you just want to react furiously to that injustice?

The struggle for me is to, in reacting to the monsters of unfairness, injustice, even slander to end up becoming what I hate; that is, I become just like what I am condemning. In fighting monsters, I often end up becoming one myself.

If you are like me in this way, perhaps you could benefit from spending time praying through the following Bible passages. And as we pray we can take time to confess, repent, and ask for strength to overcome and be more like Jesus.

Matthew 5:38-42 NLT
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.’ But I say, don’t resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too. If you are ordered to court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

Romans 12:14-21 NIV
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

May God protect us from ourselves. May He keep us from becoming monsters!

Spiritual Friendship

“Being a spiritual friend is being the physician of a wounded soul. And what does a physician do when someone comes with a bleeding wound?

Three things: He or she cleanses the wound, aligns the sundered parts, and gives it rest. That’s all. The physician does not heal. He or she provides an environment for the dominant natural process of healing to take its course . . . . an environment for the birthing and nourishing of a whole soul.”

Tilden H. Edwards
in Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction, p. 125

Embodied

“The whole concept of God taking on a human shape, . . . had simply never made any sense to me. That was because, I realized one wonderful day, it was so simple. For people with bodies, important things like love have to be embodied. That’s all. God had to get embodied, or else people with bodies would never in a trillion years understand about love.”

–Jane Vonnegut Yarmolinsky
Angels without Wings: A Courageous Family’s Triumph Over Tragedy, p. 74