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May 28, 2021

Sir 44: 1, 9-13

Let us now sing the praises of famous men,

   our ancestors in their generations.

But of others there is no memory;

   they have perished as though they had never existed;

they have become as though they had never been born,

   they and their children after them.

But these also were godly men,

   whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;

their wealth will remain with their descendants,

   and their inheritance with their children’s children.

Their descendants stand by the covenants;

   their children also, for their sake.

Their offspring will continue for ever,

   and their glory will never be blotted out.

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.

A Communion of Saints

Thinking of spiritual ancestors, I imagine Inigo of Loyola on this day 500 years ago – still in great pain from his week-old wounds, crushed in military defeat, wondering if he would die or, perhaps worse, lose his leg.  Hard first steps on his path to conversion, and to becoming St. Ignatius.

Usually, I don’t give much thought to my physical ancestors.  I am close to, or now fondly remember, parents, in-laws and grandparents but the ability to identify older family photographs fades generation by generation.  And what about the unknowable women and men 500, 1,000, 2,000 years ago?  Each of them fully alive in their time.  Each of them nurturing the God-given sparks of life and faith that now glow in me.  It is a wondrous miracle to contemplate.  My hope is to know and thank all of them in the life everlasting.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for me now and at the hour of my death.
Amen

—Traditional prayer, with adaptations made by Allain Andry


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May 28, 2021

Sir 44: 1, 9-13

Let us now sing the praises of famous men,

   our ancestors in their generations.

But of others there is no memory;

   they have perished as though they had never existed;

they have become as though they had never been born,

   they and their children after them.

But these also were godly men,

   whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;

their wealth will remain with their descendants,

   and their inheritance with their children’s children.

Their descendants stand by the covenants;

   their children also, for their sake.

Their offspring will continue for ever,

   and their glory will never be blotted out.

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.

A Communion of Saints

Thinking of spiritual ancestors, I imagine Inigo of Loyola on this day 500 years ago – still in great pain from his week-old wounds, crushed in military defeat, wondering if he would die or, perhaps worse, lose his leg.  Hard first steps on his path to conversion, and to becoming St. Ignatius.

Usually, I don’t give much thought to my physical ancestors.  I am close to, or now fondly remember, parents, in-laws and grandparents but the ability to identify older family photographs fades generation by generation.  And what about the unknowable women and men 500, 1,000, 2,000 years ago?  Each of them fully alive in their time.  Each of them nurturing the God-given sparks of life and faith that now glow in me.  It is a wondrous miracle to contemplate.  My hope is to know and thank all of them in the life everlasting.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for me now and at the hour of my death.
Amen

—Traditional prayer, with adaptations made by Allain Andry


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