Though Ignatius was in constant and close touch with the Lord, he never presumed like the Martha of the Gospel of Luke to tell the Lord what to do. Rather, like an attentive student before his Master, he was always listening and discerning what the Lord wanted him to do. His one desire in life was to constantly do God’s will, and in his famous prayer “Take and Receive” which has now become a popular hymn, he prayed only for God’s love and grace for which he was willing to forgo everything else.
Through the intercession of St. Ignatius we pray for the grace to make God’s will coincide with ours rather than try to make our will coincide with God’s.
God of revelation, you make your will known to us through the daily events of life, the people we encounter, the things we use and the situations of life. We pray for the grace of open and receptive hearts that like St. Ignatius of Loyola our one desire will be to listen to what you want us to do and have the courage to do it. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen