Monthly Prayer Page: January

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: New Beginnings

January

An Indian father and son on a Jesuit Missions project in India

Suggested Prayer Type: The ‘Take and Receive’ Prayer

As we enter the New Year, what better resolution could there be than to dedicate your life to God?

One of our challenges for 2017 is perhaps to continue to be less like Herod and more like the wise men: to go with God rather than rebel against him. Perhaps we should resolve to replace our own selfish will at the centre of all our decisions with God’s will for our lives?

Imagine the difference it would make to our world if we, like the wise men who followed the star and gave homage to their Lord despite all the difficulties on their way, managed to fulfil God’s plan for our lives in 2017?

The Take and Receive (or ‘Suscipe’) prayer helps us to do just that. It is an age-old Christian prayer used most famously by St Ignatius of Loyola as the concluding prayer of his Spiritual Exercises. By praying this daily and living it with our lives we cannot help but draw ourselves closer to fulfilling the will of God:

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding and my entire will.

All I have and call my own,

You have given to me;

to you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours;

do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace.

That is enough for me.

 

For an alternative twist, here is a musical version of the Take and Receive Prayer composed by the American former Jesuit, Daniel L. Schutte:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDXAfQXQ-qA

As you approach the New Year, be sure to visit the volunteering opportunities Jesuit Missions offers throughout the year. Perhaps an experience serving others in the developing world would contribute to your ‘New Beginning’ this year.

Final words of wisdom:

My secret is quite simple: I pray. And through my prayer I become one with the love of Christ and see that praying is loving Him, that praying is living with Him, and that means making His words come true… For me, praying means being one with the will of Jesus twenty-four hours a day, living for Him, through Him and with Him. (St Teresa of Calcutta)

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