November 5th marked the Feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus and doubly served as the International Day of Vocations Promotion for the Society of Jesus, dedicated originally by Fr. Kolvenbach (29th Superior General).
Throughout the month of November we ask Jesuits and their colleagues around the world to pray for those discerning a vocation. During this period of hope, we will be sharing weekly readings and prayers. We invite you to join us in praying for the future of the Society of Jesus.
To go over the first week of prayer click here.
To go over the second week of prayer click here.
Click here to learn more about vocation and formation.
Week Three: Men in Formation
This week, we pray for the Jesuits in formation – Scholastics and Brothers (those in philosophy, regency, theology, tertianship and special studies). The witness of generous self-offering in following Jesus by our Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, will serve as our inspiring model.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Desire to pray! Please—be courageous! I will tell you one thing. Don’t forget it. PRAY! Pray a lot! These problems aren’t resolved by human effort alone.
I am telling you these things that I want to stress, a message, maybe my swan song for the Society. We have so many meetings and gatherings, but we don’t pray enough.
Living today, being a “contemplative in action” in every moment and in every mission, presupposes a gift and a pedagogy of prayer that trains us for a renewed “reading” of reality—of all reality—by means of the Gospel and for a constant confrontation of that reality with the Gospel.
I call you to a new need: to seek out, if necessary, other ways, other forms and rhythms of prayer, more adequate to these circumstances, and that fully guarantee this personal experience of God who is revealed in Jesus.
Today, perhaps more than in the recent past, it has become clear to us that faith isn’t something acquired once and for all, but it can be weakened and even lost, and it needs to be renewed, nourished and strengthened constantly. So, living our faith and our hope in the open, “exposed to the test of unbelief and injustice,” may require of us more than ever prayer that asks for that faith, which has to be given to us at every moment. Prayer gives us our inner compass, rejects purely human securities and polarizing dogmatisms, and prepares us, in humility and simplicity, to receive the revelation that is given particularly to the least among us.
Thus, when I invite Jesuits and our collaborators to deepen faith in God in their lives, and to nourish that life by means of prayer and active commitment, I do it because I know of no other way of producing these works that are capable of transforming our battered humanity. The Lord speaks of “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” to describe his disciples. Salt is to be tasted and valued; light is to be enjoyed and valued. But not tasteless salt nor dim light.
–Pedro Arrupe, SJ
To each intention we respond: Gracious God, hear us.
• That guided by the Spirit of the Risen Christ we may persevere in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Let us pray.
• That our Jesuits in formation may know how to discover God in the mission of their studies, always desiring to offer greater service. Let us pray.
• That Jesuits studying abroad may remain firm in faith and place all their hope in the mercy of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. Let us pray.
• That our generous benefactors who support the works of the Society may experience the joy that is born of full trust in the Lord. Let us pray.
• That more young people may be inspired to respond to the call of the Lord and that those already consecrated to his service may persevere in their call to “in all things love and serve.” Let us pray.
Let us add our own intentions.
All-powerful and eternal God, you have gifted us with life as a sign of your overflowing love. Continue planting the seed of the Kingdom in our hearts, so that, guided by the Holy Spirit, we may be true disciples of Jesus Christ, apostles of your plan of redemption and faithful messengers of your infinite mercy. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord. Amen.