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St. John Bosco

Mk 4: 35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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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Strong Winds

A week ago we experienced a vivid reminder of “strong winds” during the Mass Pope Francis celebrated in Tacloban in the Philippines. (This is the same area hard hit by typhoon Yolanda in Nov. 2013.) Wearing a plastic poncho over his vestments, the pope still wasn’t shielded from the strong winds and heavy rain that came at him sideways throughout the Mass. It was really a bit of a “holy mess.”

The Holy Father remained serene throughout the Mass; his strong faith and focus gave energy to the crowds who sang and prayed with gusto…even as they wiped away the insistent raindrops.

What strong winds and rain are drenching my spirit these days? How does Jesus help me to “be still,” to find both faith and focus as I go about my daily duties?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

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Prayer

Living God, our refuge and strength, even the wind and sea obey your voice. Put the wind back in its place, and say to the sea: Peace! Be still!

Fill us with great faith, and save us from the surging waters, so that we may always tell the good news of your saving love. Through Jesus Christ, our hope in every storm. Amen.  (based on Mark 4)

—From the prayerbook of the Presbyterian Church USA

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January 31, 2015

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St. John Bosco

Mk 4: 35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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

Strong Winds

A week ago we experienced a vivid reminder of “strong winds” during the Mass Pope Francis celebrated in Tacloban in the Philippines. (This is the same area hard hit by typhoon Yolanda in Nov. 2013.) Wearing a plastic poncho over his vestments, the pope still wasn’t shielded from the strong winds and heavy rain that came at him sideways throughout the Mass. It was really a bit of a “holy mess.”

The Holy Father remained serene throughout the Mass; his strong faith and focus gave energy to the crowds who sang and prayed with gusto...even as they wiped away the insistent raindrops.

What strong winds and rain are drenching my spirit these days? How does Jesus help me to “be still,” to find both faith and focus as I go about my daily duties?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

Prayer

Living God, our refuge and strength, even the wind and sea obey your voice. Put the wind back in its place, and say to the sea: Peace! Be still!

Fill us with great faith, and save us from the surging waters, so that we may always tell the good news of your saving love. Through Jesus Christ, our hope in every storm. Amen.  (based on Mark 4)

—From the prayerbook of the Presbyterian Church USA

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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