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)

Quote without comment

“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

Quote Without Comment

“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