Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Thursday, May 1

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to be open to new opportunities both within and beyond my current work.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Alleluia.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Alleluia.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Alleluia.

From Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicola´s’ De statu Societatis, a 2012 summary of the state of the Society of Jesus in the world:

I am happy to say that, from my observations and from your reports, it seems there has been a widespread rediscovery of the universal dimension of our vocation in the Society. In many parts of the Society, there is a renewed awareness that we enter the Society, not a province, and so, especially among our young men, there is an increased willingness to be sent for mission anywhere where there is need in the world. There is increased inter-province and inter-conference cooperation, and there is much generous sharing of resources and manpower.

Behind the reports on apostolate and community, one discerns signs of spiritual health in the Society. Jesuits, on the whole, work hard, with dedication to mission. The growth of the sense of universal vocation, of availability for mission in any place where there is need, particularly in challenging missions, is an encouraging sign of spiritual freedom and apostolic zeal in the Society. The courage and the creativity to begin new apostolic initiatives to serve the poor and to share the Gospel; the perseverance of Jesuits in difficult situations of poverty, war or violence, religious persecution or discrimination; daily, joyful fidelity to prayer, to the Eucharist, to the vows and the greater commitment to community life: all these are indicators of good spiritual health that I find in your reports. [emphasis added]

Reflection Questions

  1. I consider my experiences working directly with the poor. I recall the names and faces of people whose lives and concerns have touched my own. I call to mind the feelings — positive and negative — that arise within me. I speak to Jesus, whose special love of the poor ignored social conventions and defied expectations. Without glamorizing poverty, what have I learned from the poor?
  2. From my own attractions and resistances, what have I learned about how I relate to the poor? Is God calling me to consider working more directly with the poor?

Reflection Music:The Cry of the Poor” by John Foley, SJ

 

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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