Yahweh, my heart is not haughty, I do not set my sights too high.
I have taken no part in great affairs, in wonders beyond my scope.
No, I hold myself in quiet and silence, like a little child in its mother’s arms,
like a little child, so I keep myself.
Let Israel hope in Yahweh henceforth and forever.
Jesuit novices all make the 30-day (more or less) Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. It was with this short psalm that I began my “Long Retreat” way back in 1974 in Dublin. I found it the Psalm so helpful and consoling that I have begun every retreat with it ever since and I often turn to it when I’m about to embark on something new. So here today, as I begin to blog, it seemed appropriate that I start with something from the Scriptures that is especially meaningful.
There is also a traditional Jesuit prayer that I love and which I can’t resist adding. It’s in Michael Harter’s wonderful book, Hearts on Fire:
O Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.