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St. James, Apostle

2 Cor 4: 7-15

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.

For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence.

Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

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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Vessels and Glory

As we age, we grow increasingly aware of how vessel-like our bodies are: they ache, break, and malfunction. We could spend much time, money, and energy trying to restore the vessel to how it used to be. But Paul’s words take us in a different direction entirely. Our bodies—our very lives—are meant to carry Christ’s life. We become incarnations of the divine through Christ’s dwelling in us. We carry God’s glory in these bodies, but we also carry the suffering that accompanies love.

Ignatius of Loyola was forced to relinquish pride in bodily beauty and strength when a cannonball marred and disabled him. Yet those close to him in the long years of his ministry noted how joyful he was, how humble, and how grateful to be put to God’s service. He knew that suffering and love were intertwined.

Can we accept the pain with the glory?

—Vinita Wright serves as Managing Editor, New Product Development at Loyola Press, Chicago, IL. Click here to enjoy Loyola Press’s “31 Days with St. Ignatius,” a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality in honor of St. Ignatius’ Feast Day on July 31. Content includes articles, blog posts, and videos to help you learn about and apply the principles of Ignatian spirituality.

 

 

 


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Prayer

Dear Jesus,
You know that I fight any kind of inconvenience
and become insulted when real suffering arrives.
Remind me that love, which requires transformation,
involves the pain of change.
Help me welcome any part of life that
nurtures your life in me.
Amen.

—Vinita Wright

 

 


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The Holy Father’s Monthly Prayer Intentions
Brought to you by Apostleship of Prayer the first Friday of each month.

 

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July 25, 2016

Scripture

St. James, Apostle

2 Cor 4: 7-15

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.

For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence.

Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

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

Vessels and Glory

As we age, we grow increasingly aware of how vessel-like our bodies are: they ache, break, and malfunction. We could spend much time, money, and energy trying to restore the vessel to how it used to be. But Paul’s words take us in a different direction entirely. Our bodies—our very lives—are meant to carry Christ’s life. We become incarnations of the divine through Christ’s dwelling in us. We carry God’s glory in these bodies, but we also carry the suffering that accompanies love.

Ignatius of Loyola was forced to relinquish pride in bodily beauty and strength when a cannonball marred and disabled him. Yet those close to him in the long years of his ministry noted how joyful he was, how humble, and how grateful to be put to God’s service. He knew that suffering and love were intertwined.

Can we accept the pain with the glory?

—Vinita Wright serves as Managing Editor, New Product Development at Loyola Press, Chicago, IL. Click here to enjoy Loyola Press’s “31 Days with St. Ignatius,” a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality in honor of St. Ignatius’ Feast Day on July 31. Content includes articles, blog posts, and videos to help you learn about and apply the principles of Ignatian spirituality.

 

 

 


Prayer

Dear Jesus,
You know that I fight any kind of inconvenience
and become insulted when real suffering arrives.
Remind me that love, which requires transformation,
involves the pain of change.
Help me welcome any part of life that
nurtures your life in me.
Amen.

—Vinita Wright

 

 

31-DAYS WITH ST. IGNATIUS

THE POPE'S PRAYERS

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Celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius (July 31) All Month!

Click the image below to enjoy Loyola Press’s 31-day celebration of Ignatian Spirituality featuring articles, blog posts, and videos.

31days

Pray with the Pope

The Holy Father’s Monthly Prayer Intentions Brought to you by Apostleship of Prayer the first Friday of each month.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/embed/ay4pAAtx0wM?rel=0%20maxwidth=700[/embed]

PRAYER REQUESTS

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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