Making Sacrifices for Others

Making Sacrifices for Others
Posted on 11/15/2017
St. Ignatius once paid a visit to a former disciple who was very sick and depressed.  Out of great charity, Ignatius asked if there was anything he could do to bring happiness into his life and dispel the gloom and sadness he was experiencing. After thinking about it for some time, the sick man said something quite silly: “If you could sing a little and dance a little as they do in your Basque country. I think that could give me consolation.”

Ignatius replied: “Would that make you happy?”

“Oh, yes, very happy,” said the sick man.

Ignatius’s charity prevailed over his own personal preference and restraint: he figured such a request could only come from a very sick man indeed, and so he did what the sick man asked him to do.  When he had finished, he said: “Please do not ask me to do that again, because I shall not do it.”  The sick man was so overjoyed by Ignatius’s charity that after he left, the depression that was eating up the sick man’s heart was lifted; he began to improve, and after a few days, he was cured.

Ignatius’s charity prevailed over his own personal preference and restraint.
(This story is from an account from Ignatius’ personal secretary, Fr. Pedro de Ribadeneira.)

Our Freshman Pilgrim Retreat begins this Friday; a large group of senior and junior leaders will lead our freshmen in their first high school retreat experience.  Pray for its success. Yesterday we prayed at the passing of Mary Jo McCormick Anderson; she had four sons who graduated from SJJ.  I have since learned that she was grandmother to the following SJJ graduates: Nathan Anderson '07, Todd Ludwig '07, Joe Miller '08, Ben Miller '10,  and Mark Miller '11. We at St. John’s Jesuit certainly pray in gratitude for her life. Only in love can I find you, my God.  In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. (Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J.) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.

Father Karl Rahner, S.J. On Prayer

Rahner views the human person as essentially one called to pray.  He also highlights prayer as the fundamental act of human existence, the act which embraces the entire person – the great religious act.  For Rahner, to pray is to be.  He sees Christ’s humanity as prayer’s perfect paradigm: total, unconditional surrender to holy mystery.  Prayer is the last moment of speech before the silence: the act of self-surrender just before the incomprehensible God disposes of one; the reflection immediately preceding the act of letting oneself fall – after the last of one’s own efforts – and full of trust – into the infinite fullness and silence.
(from Fr. Harvey Egan, S.J. in the introduction to Fr. Rahner’s book The Need and Blessing of Prayer)
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