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Acts 14: 1-2, 22-29

The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed.

When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. And they stayed there with the disciples for some time.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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Guided and renewed by the Spirit

When going through difficult times, there’s the tendency to want to go back to the “good old days.” But there are two features about the good old days: first, they were never as “good” as we remember them; second, there’s no going back. In a church that finds so much beauty in tradition, we Catholics can be nostalgic too.

Today, we’re reminded that the early church faced its own challenges. The debate over circumcision was serious… would the church survive such disagreement? What rules for membership would they agree on? Thankfully, the apostles and elders didn’t look back. Instead, they looked to the future by relying on the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, for direction. Their trust was not in vain.

While disagreements and challenges remain in our Church today, the invitation is to look to the future, to trust in the Holy Spirit, whom God sent in Jesus’ name to guide and renew.

—Travis Russell, SJ is a member of the Jesuits West Province. He will be ordained a priest on June 8, 2019. His first assignment will be at St. Ignatius parish in San Francisco.

 


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Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

—Traditional prayer


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DAILY INSPIRATION

May 26, 2019

Scripture

Acts 14: 1-2, 22-29

The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed.

When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. And they stayed there with the disciples for some time.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Guided and renewed by the Spirit

When going through difficult times, there’s the tendency to want to go back to the “good old days.” But there are two features about the good old days: first, they were never as “good” as we remember them; second, there’s no going back. In a church that finds so much beauty in tradition, we Catholics can be nostalgic too.

Today, we’re reminded that the early church faced its own challenges. The debate over circumcision was serious… would the church survive such disagreement? What rules for membership would they agree on? Thankfully, the apostles and elders didn’t look back. Instead, they looked to the future by relying on the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, for direction. Their trust was not in vain.

While disagreements and challenges remain in our Church today, the invitation is to look to the future, to trust in the Holy Spirit, whom God sent in Jesus’ name to guide and renew.

—Travis Russell, SJ is a member of the Jesuits West Province. He will be ordained a priest on June 8, 2019. His first assignment will be at St. Ignatius parish in San Francisco.

 


Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

—Traditional prayer

PRAYER REQUESTS

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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