we confess to you that we have often played favorites.
We have made distinctions and have honored those with wealth or power or prestige more than the poor or powerless.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves,
and have failed to keep your holy laws in our hearts.
We have professed our faith,
but have failed to demonstrate that faith in our actions.
Forgive us, O God; show us your mercy,
Help us to live our lives as your children
and as disciples of your Son, Jesus Christ
in whose name we pray. Amen.
Today (July 31st) is both the birthday and day of death of Saint Ignatius, who founded the religious order commonly known at the Jesuits. Below are two of his more well known prayers.
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory,
my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess You have given me:
I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will.
Give me only Your love and Your grace;
with these I will be rich enough,
and will desire nothing more.
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to 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 labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
This is a prayer attributed to the good saint. Enjoy this day in his honor by considering how Patrick chose to live his life.
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.