Welcome to this week’s edition of Monday Miscellany! It’s been a busy few months for me and, as a result, this blog has been sadly neglected. I feel like I’m just getting into a good summer routine and now SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER! Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to posting semi-regularly soon. In the meantime, I’ve been collecting some interesting tidbits to share with you.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Last Friday, July 31st was the feast day of this powerhouse saint and founder of the Society of Jesus, a.k.a. the Jesuits, who is most well known for his Spiritual Exercises and Examen (a wonderful bedtime prayer habit!). I discovered two exquisite prayers penned by St. Ignatius and immediately fell in love with them. Perhaps they will be as helpful and inspiring to you as they’ve been to me.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me.
Prayer for Generosity
Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God, Teach me true generosity. Teach me to serve you as you deserve. To give without counting the cost, To fight heedless of wounds, To labor without seeking rest, To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward Save the knowledge that I have done your will. Amen.
Fr. Josh Speaks Life into Division
I recently listened to an amazing podcast episode from Fr. Josh Johnson in which he tackles several hot-button issues with grace and understanding. He has a very unique perspective to offer, being an African-American priest as well as the son of a police captain. I really enjoyed this podcast and felt that Fr. Josh made some excellent points that helped me to clarify my own views.
Encouragement in Times of Trial
About a month ago, Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas posted a beautiful reflection on L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside (the last book in the Anne of Green Gables series) and how we can keep ourselves from falling into despair in times of trial. It was beautiful and moving and reminded me to make time for the things that bring me joy so that I can better bring joy to others around me. I highly recommend giving it a read (I promise it won’t take more than five minutes!), especially if you’re a Montgomery fan.