Monthly Prayer Page: April

Welcome to the Jesuit Missions Monthly Prayer Page. Here you will find topical prayers and different prayer styles to help broaden and deepen your prayer life in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality

JM Prayer Focus: The Environment

April1

Makumbi, Zimbabwe: a community supported by Jesuit Missions

Suggested Prayer Type: Creative Prayer

What better way to celebrate our environment and the innumerable gifts God has given us by creating our own prayers expressing our love for the Earth are responsible for taking care of? Below are two different prayers to celebrate the world we live in: Perhaps you would find it therapeutic to express your gratitude to God for the gifts you have received and continue to enjoy by putting it into a poem of praise? Alternatively, why not use one of our poems as a bookmark to return to, reminding you of God’s never-ending love and grace in your life?

Prayer Stimuli:

Creation

Lord, in the unparalleled generosity of creation,

You revealed a beautiful fragility,

The kind that comes only with immeasurable love.

You entrust us with your wonder

In the hope that we can glorify you with our lives.

Imbue us with gratitude and care

And keep us from abusing any of your created gifts.

May we grow in perspective and appreciation

As we encounter the excitement of your Earth.

May we strive to sanctify your Earth

With its original equality and harmony

In all we do. Amen.

 

Christopher Brolly (Jesuit Novice)

 

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JM Prayer Focus 2: The London Marathon.

As our charity runners prepare to face the London Marathon on 24th April, let us pray with them and for them by remembering in the words of St Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians (9:24-25):

24 In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize. 25 All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever...  [NIRV, New International Readers Version]

Jesuit Missions London Marathon Team 2015

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Click here for a PDF version of this month’s prayer, including a bookmark of the above prayer ‘Creation’.