St. Ignatius Loyola
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my
memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have
given me: I surrender it
all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your
grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
To learn more about Ignatius, who started the Jesuit order, and their pursuit of
spirituality, look here:
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Why does NEXT WAVE post prayers such as these?
There is a renewed interest in
Christianity today to find a connection to our heritage in church history. Unfortunately,
too often the desire is not translated into action, and thus we miss what we can learn
from heroes of the faith such as Ignatius of Loyola.
Without wanting to exalt him,
or any other, to a nearly divine status, we do honor these men and women for what they
sought to pass on to us, and the persecution they often suffered. Across the ages their
wisdom comes to us, and in learning from them we place ourselves in their tradition.
We believe that you will agree with
us that these prayers are good prayers. You may wish to make them your own, or introduce
them in your church.