Lord, teach us to be generous. Teach us to love you and serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to look for reward, save that of knowing that we do your most holy will.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. For the last eight days, we have been praying that through his intercession we might obtain various graces to live more fully our own lives as individuals and as a community. Today, on the last day of the Novena, we make our own, the last meditation of the Spiritual Exercises which is titled The Contemplation to Obtain love.
In this meditation we are encouraged to see and witness God working for us and for our good, indeed for the good of all creation. We are exhorted therefore to find God in all things and all things in God. It is easy to see God’s hand when things go the way we want them to go, but when our plans go awry and our world in turned upside down, God is present in that situation as well.
Through the intercession of St. Ignatius, we pray for the grace know this. Amen.
Take Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will. You have given them to me, to you I return them. Give me only your love and your grace that is enough for me.