Tomorrow evening begins our Cathedral’s Teaching Tuesday series on prayer. (See my post “An AMAZING Experience!” https://amoiesu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/an-amazing-experience/) The classes that inspired Father Lankeit to give these talks draw from the wisdom of one of my most favorite saints: Ignatius of Loyola.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was a very noble soldier of the Spanish army. His courage was so remarkable that after losing a fierce battle with the French, his enemies admired him and took it upon themselves to treat his leg that had been smashed by a cannonball. Unfortunately, medical care back then was not sufficient to treat such a serious injury. After the extremely painful and not completely successful surgeries, the action-loving warrior was bored to tears while confined to his bed indefinitely. He asked his sister-in-law (in whose house he was staying) for books containing grand tales of battle, but all she could find were a couple volumes on the life of Christ and of the Saints. In reading these books out of sheer desperation, he discovered the battle for souls to which he was called and started the Jesuit Order (of which our dear Pope Francis is a member) upon recovery. He wrote the famous Spiritual Exercises and was so grateful to God for His blessings each day, that he was constantly on the verge of tears. He died of illness at age 65. He is the patron of retreats, scruples, vocational discernment, and the Jesuit Order.
The Anima Christi by St. Ignatius Loyola
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.
A beautiful vocation story!
“How can you be a nun? You’re the most boy-crazy girl I know!”
My good friend first jokingly teased me with this question when we were both still teenagers. I was in the earliest stages of my discernment at the time, and I couldn’t give her a good answer to her question.
That was nearly two decades ago. I like to think that I’ve matured a lot since I was a boy-crazy teenager, and that I’ve come to understand how the complex parts of my personality can all enrich my relationship with God. Over the years, I have become convinced that God used my teenaged feelings to steer me toward my vocation. In fact, being “boy-crazy” actually influenced my first experience of “call” to the Catholic Sisterhood.
I was a teen who deeply desired to please God. I remember praying for guidance regarding my attraction to a certain boy while…
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Fearing the Silence. Another excellent post on Catholic Stand!
Excellent post on Catholic Stand blog!
fall leaves: “When you see red leaves, remember that I love you to death. When you see orange, remember that I am burning with love for you. When you see yellow and gold, remember that you are as gold in My eyes. When you see brown, remember that nothing will stop Me from being there for you, not mangers, not the dirt of the Earth, not crosses, nothing.”
snow: “Never forget that you are My Bride.” (Isaiah 54:5)
crashing waves: “I simply can’t contain the power of My love for you! Listen to the whispers of My love.”
stars: “I give you diamonds like no other.”
moon: “When you see this shining white circle in the sky, remember that I shine in the Sacred Host just for you.”
thunder and lightning: “I am so fully charged with love for you that it just spills over. I just have to shout My love for you.”
flowers: “You’re even more beautiful to Me than this flower, and your fragrance is sweeter to Me than even this.”
singing birds: “I wrote this love song just for you.”
sunrise/sunset: “When you see red, remember that I would do anything for you. When see orange, remember that nothing can quench the fire of My love for you. When you see yellow or gold, remember that you are My sunshine. When you see pink or rose, remember that you are My “rose of Sharon” (Song of Solomon 2:1). When you see purple, remember that I come to you even in a chalice.”
green grass: “I have carpeted the Earth so that even your feet will be safe.”
rainbow: “I promise to always protect you.” (Genesis 9:12-15)
rain: “I will shower on you any graces you need. Just ask!”
clouds: “I will carry you as gently as I carry theses clouds.”
warm sunshine: “Feel the warmth of My embrace.”
soft breeze and rustling leaves: “Feel My gentle caress and listen to the whispers of My love.”