Find the Sacred Word

Find the sacred word, be in God’s presence

Let go

The less I do, the more god can do

This prayer is a vestibule, a way into God’s presence

When a thought or felling attacts your attention, return to the sacred word. Don’t take possession of it. Sink into a deep peace.

Don’t possess, let go.

Help us remember that what we keep we lose, and only what we give remains our own.

Time is Eternity

Time is too slow for those who wait,

Time is too fast for those who fear,

Time is too long for those who mourn,

Time is too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love, time is eternity.

Times of sorrow seem interminable. There is the need to remember and rejoice- a great part of this is remembering of childhood memories. The care of my family.

Care- I felt cared for and that care translated into love for me. That love translated into the center of my vocation. But the sorrow of loss does not easily turn to joy. The eternal name of love- that same love- Jesus yesterday, today, forever. That love cannot be taken away. There is a deep consolation in knowing that love for all eternity.

-St. Augustine

Surrender

Surrender is the true story of the vocation of an American Jesuit priest, accused by the Soviet era K.G.B. of being a Vatican spy, who survived fifteen years of hard labor in Siberian prison camps. Father Walter Ciszek not only survived but learned to surrender to God’s Providence.

Surrender is a narrative digest book based entirely on Father Ciszek’s two books: With God in Russia, (1964), published one year after his release from Russia, and his second book, He Leadeth Me, (1973), published nine years later. Surrender interweaves these two books and telescopes the most dramatic events of Father Ciszek’s vocation and steadfast fidelity to that calling through the crucible of unjust imprisonment following the end of World War II.

The profound insights of Father Ciszek’s second book illuminate the grim facts of his first book. Surrender attempts to highlight the evolution of spiritual wisdom in He Leadeth Me, embedded in the harsh events depicted in With God in Russia. Hopefully, through the relative brevity of Surrender, the major chords of Father Ciszek’s heroic embrace of God’s Providence in the most extreme conditions will resonate. The reason why Father Ciszek’s cause for Canonization, the process of declaration of Sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, is currently proceeding should be abundantly evident.

Surrender describes not the triumph of human will-power but the freedom of total dependence on God. The paradox of power to love is only born in the powerlessness of surrender of self-will to God’s Providence.

Written by: Seamus Dockery

 

Thinking

Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO and frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world.

 In his article “Thinking” he discusses this idea of design thinking, a “methodolgy that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human-centered design ethos,” and how it is the key for success in the business world.

Tim Brown’s article “Thinking”

Consider how all good things and gifts descend from above; for example, my limited power from the Supreme and infinite Power above, and so of justive, goodness, piety, mercy, and so forth – just as the rays come down from the sun.

Twelve Practices by Brian McDermott, SJ

Twelve Practices

by Brian O. McDermott, SJ,
Rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola
University Maryland

exerpt from “What is Apostolic Spirituality?”
full article appeared in
America, Nov. 11, 2002

  1. Growing in one’s knowledge of Sacred Scripture (word) and actively
    participating in the church’s sacramental life (worship).
  2. Wasting time with God through the discipline of dedicating definite periods
    of time to God, praying in whatever way works: for example, imaginative prayer,
    affective prayer, meditative prayer (i.e. pondering holy texts), praying before
    icons or holy pictures, engaging in centering prayer or Zen sitting.
  3. Making the examination of consciousness daily.
  4. Spontaneously and briefly turning to God, to Jesus, to the Spirit, to Mary
    or one of the saints during the course of the day.
  5. Seeking to live and act in the here-and-now.
  6. Becoming more and more detached from my ego-centered thinking and feeling.
  7. Recalling where my identity comes from, as I act in my varied roles and need
    to deal with criticism that comes to me in these roles.
  8. Developing a contemplative attitude, i.e., attending to the other (whether
    it be a rose, a sunset or a person) as other and letting the other affect me,
    move me, on its terms.
  9. Moving back and forth from the dance floor of direct engagement to the
    balcony view of the system as system, asking what God is trying to do on each
    level.
  10. Deepening, and asking the Spirit to help me deepen, my gratitude as a
    fundamental virtue.
  11. Learning how to discern spirits, moods, feelings, as they affect my outlook,
    attitude and choices.
  12. Making the effort, with increasing frequency, to choose what is more to
    God’s greater glory in the world and more congruent with my deepest desires at
    significant junctures in my life.