A Golden Opportunity: Just Begin (31 July 2014: Feast of St Ignatius)

Please join me in a little cross-congregational companionship. Here’s the prayer for today from our friends at the Redemptorist order (CSsR) via their Bread4Today page, on 31 July. It’s also the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Ignatian way of life that the Faithful Companions of Jesus embrace.


One part of Ignatian prayer is to “ask God for the grace you’re seeking.” Sometimes in prayer, as in life, we don’t know what we are looking for, so coming to the awareness of such knowledge can be grace itself.

I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting what I see as a good ‘first step’ in beginning a prayer: Just show up. Just begin. Check in with God, make that time for God and for you,  even if it’s as little as two minutes of heartspace.

When your prayer isn’t flowing or when you struggle to begin, how do you find ways to make that transition?

You’re welcome to share these insights with us.

Have a blessed day, wherever you are, and however you’re praying.

St Ignatius of Loyola,  pray for us.
All saints named and unnamed, pray for us.

2 thoughts on “A Golden Opportunity: Just Begin (31 July 2014: Feast of St Ignatius)

  1. Thanks Geralyn. Today, August 2nd, we celebrate another Jesuit saint, Pierre Favre, whom we call in English, St. Peter Faber
    With Francis Xavier, he also shared a room with Ignatius for 3 years while they were students in Paris. . He is often called ” the quiet companion”, which may be why he was canonised only recently. In Ignatius’ opinion, Pierre Favre was one of the best givers of the Spiritual Exercises. He helped countless people and situations, by befriending people in conversation, simply without judgment or aggression. ” His whole manner and the gentleness of his words irresistibly drew (others) to a love of God” said one of his contemporaries. Gentleness is one of the four “companions” given to Marie Madeleine d’Houët. Maybe we too can be inspired from this “Quiet companion” to exercise gentleness in our conversations with others.
    (See 2 Aug. 2013) Margaret Claver

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