Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



May it please the supreme and divine Goodness
to give us all abundant grace
ever to know his most holy will
and perfectly to fulfil it. Amen.

( Ignatius of Loyola )


There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts for love
we only find in you, our God.

For justice, for freedom, for mercy:
hear our prayer.
In sorrow, in grief, be near:
hear our prayer, O God

For wisdom, for courage, for comfort:
hear our prayer.
In weakness, in fear, be near:
hear our prayer, O God.

For healing, for wholeness, for new life:
hear our prayer.
In sickness, in death, be near:
hear our prayer, O God.

Lord save us.
Take pity, light in our darkness.
We call you we wait, be near:
hear our prayer, O God

There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord,
for you to reveal yourself to us.
There is a longing in our hearts for love
we only find in you, our God.

( Anne Quigley )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Ignatius of Loyola: God’s soldier

Although it is a feria day at Saint Laika’s, some church calendars remember Ignatius of Loyola today, who after a hedonistic period in his youth and young adulthood, was seriously wounded whilst fighting as a soldier in the defence of Pamplona. A cannonball shattered his leg, and left him with a permanent limp.

During his recovery, he read a life of Jesus Christ which transformed him. He left military service and began a period of intense devotion, centring on Thomas å Kempis’ “Imitation of Christ.” It was during this time that he wrote out his “Spiritual Exercises” which remains to this day a viable model of a deepened spiritual life and a serious commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

As he was gaining an education at the university of Salamanca, he took to preaching on street corners to the general population, and this brought him twice before the Spanish Inquisition. He was imprisoned but eventually acquitted. He was forbidden to preach as a layman.

In 1534 he founded an order of laymen entitled “The Society of Jesus.” People nicknamed them “Jesuits” and in 1537, realising the limitations that his lay status placed upon them, they were ordained as priests. Noted for their education and zeal, they served both as missionaries in foreign lands and, within Europe, as agents of the Catholic Church determined to win Protestants back to Roman Catholicism. He saw his Society grow from ten to a thousand men over the course of his life.

He died suddenly on the thirty-first of July, 1556.

Prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola:

Teach us, good Lord, 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 labour, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen.

Scripture. In the tenth and eleventh chapters of "The First Letter to the Corinthians," we read:

“Do everything for the glory of God. Give no offence to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for members of the Society of Jesus.

... that, through prayer and meditation, we may come to know the will of God in our lives and to know God more fully.

... for the men arrested in Nigeria over the weekend for "performing homosexual acts" and all people, throughout the world, who are persecuted because of their sexual identity or sexual orientation identity. DETAILS

... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


From a letter from Ignatius of Loyola to Francisco de Borja, Duke of Gandía (September 20, 1548):

As to fasts and abstinences, I would advise you in our Lord to strengthen your stomach and your other physical powers, rather than to weaken them. My reason is that, in the first place, when a soul is so disposed to lose its own life rather than offend God's majesty by even the slightest deliberate sin and is, moreover, comparatively free from the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil (a condition of soul which I am sure your lordship by God's grace enjoys), I should like very much to see your lordship imprint on your soul the truth that since both body and soul are gifts from your Creator and Lord, you should give Him a good account of both. To do this you must not allow your body to grow weak; for if you do, the interior man will no longer be able to function properly. Therefore though I once highly praised fasting and abstinence, even from many ordinary foods, and for a certain period was pleased with this program, I cannot now praise it when I see that the stomach, because of these fasts and abstinences, cannot function naturally or digest any of the ordinary meats or other items of diet which contribute to the proper maintenance of the body.

I should rather have you seek every means of strengthening the body. Eat, therefore, whatever food is allowed, and as often as you find it convenient; but it should be done without offence to the neighbour. We should love the body insofar as it is obedient and helpful to the soul, since the soul, with the body's help and service, is better disposed for the service and praise of our Creator and Lord.


O God, grant that we, following the example of your servant Ignatius, may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and may ever walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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