Novena to St. Ignatius Loyola – Principle and Foundation – Day 2 – July 24
Opening Prayer / Reflection
The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God’s life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God,
Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.
In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
And are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
A deeper response to our life in God.
Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
To God’s deepening his life in me.
The Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola
Paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.
Placing Ourselves in God’s Presence
Inhale slowly and deeply. Exhale slowly and mindfully.
Relax. Be at peace. Be aware that you are in God’s loving presence wherever you are.
Reviewing Our Lives With Gratitude
Sickness or health, wealth or poverty, success or failure are all ways we tend to characterize our lives. What events or conditions in our lives have brought us closer to God? How willing are we to accept the fact that our notion of success is not necessarily in keeping with God’s love for us?
Reflecting on Our Feelings and Spiritual Movements
How do I feel about my life and its course? Am I striving for success for for getting closer to God. What visions and emotions come to me when I look at my life? In good times and bad times what has God been doing in my life?
Focusing on What Comes to Us
Let your feelings and images well up within you. What strikes you the most about the course of your life? What feeling or images come to you more clearly and peacefully?
Talking With Jesus Our Friend
Converse with Jesus as He is right now, right here – your friend. Share what comes from your heart – in a look, a few words, a smile. Ask for help on this journey; to see Him in all things; to be more in love everyday.
Your love and your grace are enough for me.
St. Ignatius, you signed your letters “pobre de bondad” poor in goodness and called yourself a pilgrim. Please pray for me to be open to what God is calling me to do to announce and build up the kingdom. Transform my petitions into questions of discernment and pray for us to remember that all of our true needs and desires are already known to God. Pray that I be taken beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.
In your writings and by your example we are reminded to pray for the Church and the Holy Father, for all who dwell in darkness and for the millions lacking food, water, and other necessities. We join our prayer with yours for true openness so that we can contemplate the Divine presence in all things and praise, reverence and serve God Our Lord in action.Pray for us to have the courage to meet and to serve the Lord Jesus in the poor and the suffering.
Praise be to the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit
Now and forever. Amen