I pray for freedom for mission: to recognize myself as sent by the Father to “help souls.”
From the Formula of the Institute of Society of Jesus, July 21, 1550:
Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the Name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and the Church, his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth, should, after a solemn vow of perpetual chastity, poverty and obedience, keep what follows in mind. He is a member of a Society founded chiefly for this purpose: to strive especially for the defense and propagation of the faith and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine, by means of public preaching, lectures and any other ministration whatsoever of the Word of God, and further by means of retreats, the education of children and unlettered persons in Christianity, and the spiritual consolation of Christ's faithful through hearing confessions and administering the other sacraments. Moreover, he should show himself ready to reconcile the estranged, compassionately assist and serve those who are in prisons or hospitals, and indeed, to perform any other works of charity, according to what will seem expedient for the glory of God and the common good.
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A Teacher’s Prayer for Generosity
By Marc Fryer, SJ
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to be generous with my time, especially when it’s running low;
teach me to be generous with my patience, especially when it’s running thin;
teach me to be generous with my praise, especially when I’m feeling judgmental.
Lord Jesus, teach me to serve you as you deserve,
teach me to serve you as my students deserve;
teach me to serve you as my co-workers deserve;
teach me to serve you as my community deserves.
to give and not to count the cost,
even though it’s the last period of the week;
even though it’s the fifth meeting today;
even though it’s my 15th call from a parent.
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
the wounds to my health;
the wounds to my social life;
the wounds to my pride.
to toil and not to seek for rest,
even when I haven’t seen my family all week;
even when that last student is waiting at the dance;
even when I feel like I can’t go on.
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
not even another free period;
not even the teacher of the year award;
not even a bigger paycheck.
but that of knowing that I do your will.
Song: “Living Prayer” by Alison Krauss
Song: “One” by U2
Song: “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers
Song: "We Are Called" by David Haas