One cold winter’s day in Bethlehem, just after he had been born, Jesus is lying asleep in the manger. Awaking from his nap, he opens his eyes, sees the ox and the ass standing beside him, and thinks to himself, “So this is the Company of Jesus!”
I came upon this prayer at a Christian website, Forward Movement, and liked it very much. There was no author listed so I searched around on the internet and, although it appears on several sites, no one seems to know where it came from.
Dear God, grant me this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life,
Letting go every thought of anxiety, discouragement, self-seeing,
Cultivating joy, generosity, love, and the habit of holy silence.
Grant me to be faithful in the habits of prayer, work, study, exercise,
eating and sleeping.
As I cannot by my own strength do this,
nor even with the hope of success attempt it,
I look to you, O Lord my Father, in Jesus Christ my Savior
and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Two years ago, I posted a video of Mo Cheeks helping a young girl get through the national anthem. This year, I’ve found one of the whole crowd at Fenway Park helping a man with autism sing the anthem. It brings a lump to my throat.
The feast of St. Ignatius Loyola isn’t until July 31, but here at Loyola Press we celebrate all month long with 31 Days with St. Ignatius. We’ve assembled a calendar of Ignatian articles, videos, and more for every day over at our sister site IgnatianSpirituality.com. Check it out, visit daily, and spread the word.
This prayer, from St. Basil of Caesarea (c.329-379), spoke powerfully to me.
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbor, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take. Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.
We must be careful with our lives, for Christ’s sake, because it would seem that they are the only lives we are going to have in this puzzling and perilous world, and so they are very precious and what we do with them matters enormously. — Frederick Buechner