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THIRTY DAY RETREAT: BEGINNING

April 5, 2016

Yesterday we arrived in Girisonta a Jesuit Retreat House in Central Java. Lina and Audrey (our novices) are about to make their Thirty Day Retreat. I will direct them and Agnes Dini is here to support the whole process in any way she can. The actual retreat will begin tomorrow evening. Please keep Audrey and Lina especially in your prayer at this special time for them. May the Holy Spirit be with them and us throughout this time.  We will be praying for all of you…

Evening Prayer for the Feast of St Stanislaus

November 13, 2014

We had a lovely celebration of St Stanislaus’ feast today.  You might like to use the prayer that we had this evening. Please know that we prayed for all of you!

FEAST OF ST STANISLAUS

Opening Hymn: God Has Chosen Me, Bernadette Farrell (As One Voice 1)
1. God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to bring good news to the poor.
God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to bring new sight to those searching for light:
God has chosen me, chosen me:

Refrain: And to tell the world that God’s kingdom is near,
to remove oppression and break down fear,
yes, God’s time is near, God’s time is near,
God’s time is near, God’s time is near.
2. God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to set alight a new fire.
God has chosen me, God has chosen me
to bring to birth a new kingdom on earth:
God has chosen me, chosen me:
3. God is calling me, God is calling me
in all whose cry is unheard.
God is calling me, God is calling me
to raise up the voice with no power or choice:
God is calling me, calling me:

Opening Prayer
God who calls us into being, we praise and thank you for calling our sisters………..to follow Jesus more closely in our little Society of Faithful Companions of Jesus. May they be strengthened in their vocation through the prayers of St Stanislaus whose heart was on fire with love for Jesus and Mary. May the example and prayers of their FCJ sisters throughout the world inspire and support them. We make our prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading: Luke 14: 25 – 27
Many crowds were journeying with him, and he turned and said to them, “If someone comes to me and fails to hate their father and their mother and their wife and their children and their brothers and their sisters – yes, and even their own life – they cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry their own cross and come after me can’t be my disciple.”
(Text taken from The New Testament by Nicholas King)

Prayer Response in Song: The Grail Prayer (Margaret Rizza, Fire of Love)
Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work;
I give you my feet to go your way;
I give you my eyes to see as you do;
I give you my tongue to speak your words;
I give you my mind, Lord, that you may think in me;
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me,
that you may pray in me.

Above all, Lord, I give you my heart,
that you may love in me your Father and all humankind;
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
So that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me;

I give you my whole self,
that you may live and work and pray in me.

Lord Jesus, I give you my spirit
that you may pray in me,
I give you my heart, Lord,
that you may love in me,
that you may love in me,
pray in me, love in me,
pray in me, love in me.

An extract from the St Stanislaus Letter (Sr Claire Sykes FCJ, General Superior)

That simple phrase ‘became more virtuous’ is rather misleading. It makes it sound as though ‘becoming more virtuous’ happens at the press of a button, but we know it is not like that. Being virtuous means developing the capacity to make the choice that will bring goodness into a context. When this choice for goodness becomes a graced habit it is virtue. Stanislaus consistently chose to bring goodness into his relationship with his brother and this must have taken tremendous self-control. We are told that this young man was able to control aggressive responses to his brother and in the face of extreme hostility to retain a harmony within himself. Stanislaus was surely modelling the virtue of ‘douceur’ or gentleness.

Prayers of Intercession based on the St Stanislaus Letter
Response: O Lord in you we trust, O Christ in you we pray

Prayer for Claire

Our Lady’s Blessing

Closing Prayer
God of compassion and humility, we thank you that Jesus came to draw us all into the Reign of God and we thank you that you have called us to be his Faithful Companions. We especially ask you to bless………..and all those in early stages of formation. May they be inspired by the example of St Stanislaus to give themselves totally to you every day of their lives. May we all continue to run joyfully in the path of Christ. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord and in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Closing Hymn: Dancing with God (Briege O’Hare, Woman’s Song of God
I cannot dance, O Lord, unless you lead me
And if you want me to leap for joy,
Then you must be the first to dance and to sing
And I will follow you; in their echo I will ring.
Then, only then,
Then, only then,
Then, only then, will I leap for joy!

I cannot sing, O Lord, unless you lead me
And if you want me to sing for joy,
Then you must be the first to sing out your song
And I will follow you and sing right along.
Then, only then,
Then, only then,
Then, only then, will I sing for joy!

Lead me Lord in your joyful dancing.
I will follow in your dance of life.
Then all my living will be true to you,
My loving God.

(Repeat Verse 1)
Leap for joy!
Will I leap for joy!