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St. John of the Cross

Is 41: 13-20

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you insect Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. Then you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

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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God’s life-giving water

Today’s first reading from Isaiah resonates with us in this Advent season. Within our darkest nights, parched with thirst, we wait for God to take away our suffering and our longing. St. John of the Cross, whose feast is today (and who received his formal education from the Jesuits), experienced many terrible, dark nights where he felt distant from God. Like him, may we see beyond our pain and hurt that can blind us to the lavish gifts, abundant blessings, and infinite surprises God bestows on us.

God will not forsake us. Life-giving water is everywhere; lush, verdant plantings already in bloom. If only we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Do we?

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.

 

 

 

 

 





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Our souls are rising near to you—this earth a bow that shot us; now lift me into your arms, dear God, like something precious that you dropped.

—St. John of the Cross

 

 

 

 

 





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December 14, 2017

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St. John of the Cross

Is 41: 13-20

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you insect Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. Then you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

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

God’s life-giving water

Today’s first reading from Isaiah resonates with us in this Advent season. Within our darkest nights, parched with thirst, we wait for God to take away our suffering and our longing. St. John of the Cross, whose feast is today (and who received his formal education from the Jesuits), experienced many terrible, dark nights where he felt distant from God. Like him, may we see beyond our pain and hurt that can blind us to the lavish gifts, abundant blessings, and infinite surprises God bestows on us.

God will not forsake us. Life-giving water is everywhere; lush, verdant plantings already in bloom. If only we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Do we?

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Our souls are rising near to you—this earth a bow that shot us; now lift me into your arms, dear God, like something precious that you dropped.

—St. John of the Cross

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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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