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January 21, 2021

St. Agnes

Mk 3: 7-12

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

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.

Accepting Jesus’ healing remedy

If we are to grow in holiness and sanctity, we must pray for our own daily conversion. Carmelite, Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene writes in his book Divine Intimacy, “Sanctity is the end of the spiritual life; that is why we must propose it to ourselves, not in a reduced, restricted manner, but in all its fullness—fullness which speaks to us of intimate union with God, of the complete invasion of grace, and of entire conformity to the divine will.”

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola encourages us to pray over “three types of persons.” Imagine three persons who are very ill: the first person has a desire to get better, but stops there and never seeks a remedy; the second person takes certain remedies, but rejects the necessary ones; and the third person seeks health at any cost, surrendering to the treatment of the physician. The loving physician here is God.

Which type of person do we identify with? Where is God calling us to surrender? 

—Emmanuel Arenas, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Saint Louis University.

 

Prayer

O my God, grant me the grace and the courage to determine to strive after this good with all my strength. If I persevere, You, who never refuse Your help to anyone, will strengthen my courage until I come off with victory. 

—St. Teresa of Avila


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January 21, 2021

St. Agnes

Mk 3: 7-12

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

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.

Accepting Jesus’ healing remedy

If we are to grow in holiness and sanctity, we must pray for our own daily conversion. Carmelite, Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene writes in his book Divine Intimacy, “Sanctity is the end of the spiritual life; that is why we must propose it to ourselves, not in a reduced, restricted manner, but in all its fullness—fullness which speaks to us of intimate union with God, of the complete invasion of grace, and of entire conformity to the divine will.”

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola encourages us to pray over “three types of persons.” Imagine three persons who are very ill: the first person has a desire to get better, but stops there and never seeks a remedy; the second person takes certain remedies, but rejects the necessary ones; and the third person seeks health at any cost, surrendering to the treatment of the physician. The loving physician here is God.

Which type of person do we identify with? Where is God calling us to surrender? 

—Emmanuel Arenas, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Saint Louis University.

 

Prayer

O my God, grant me the grace and the courage to determine to strive after this good with all my strength. If I persevere, You, who never refuse Your help to anyone, will strengthen my courage until I come off with victory. 

—St. Teresa of Avila


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