Get our FREE JesuitPrayer App.
Apple  Android 

November 6, 2013

Romans 13: 8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Great-hearted Love

In 1984 Tina Turner recorded her only song that reached number one on the charts. The first two lines of the chorus were, “What’s love got to do with it, got to do with it? What’s love but a second-hand emotion” As I reflected on this reading, that tune kept playing in my head. It seems Paul is addressing Tina’s question directly when he minces no words in letting the Romans know, love is what really counts. The only thing that counts!

The capstone of the Fourth Week of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises is the Contemplation On the Love of God. Ignatius prefaces this contemplation with two notes:

1) Love ought to show itself even more in action than simply in words; and 2) In love, one always wants to give and to share with the other. In love there is no such thing as giving because I have to, or ought to, but always because I want to. After we contemplate God’s love for us, Ignatius suggests our loving response will be a prayer of thanksgiving and offer of service (called the Suscipe prayer)

Take Lord and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will.

All that I have, all who I am, my very life you give me. It is my deepest desire to give you my entire self in return, to place myself in your service according to your will.

Please give me only your love and your grace, in their greatest abundance, and these will be enough for me.

And one last phrase about love, attributed to Mother Teresa: “There is no such thing as a small act of love.” Every act of love is a way of making God present and known in the world. There is nothing small in this!

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and always will be, world without end. Amen!

—The Jesuit Prayer Team





Please share the Good Word with your friends!

My Candles

candle

Jesuit Prayer is pleased to offer candles for special occasions such as “Remembrance, joys, sorrows, anniversaries, and special intentions.” Proceeds help keep Jesuit Prayer free for all users.

REGISTER your free account to get started, and you'll get a free 30 days candle just for signing up.

LOGIN to access your candles

Recent Public Candles

Light up the World

Welcome to JesuitPrayer.org

Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this prayer site anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.

(more about this site)



    Visit our
Social Media
   

Submit a Prayer Request


It is through the generosity of our benefactors that we are able to offer JesuitPrayer.org free of charge.

Would you consider a donation?

Archives

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
25262728293031
       
     12
       
      1
23242526272829
30      
   1234
       
    123
25262728   
       
   1234
262728    
       
       
       
      1
       
     12
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
       

November 6, 2013

Romans 13: 8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Great-hearted Love

In 1984 Tina Turner recorded her only song that reached number one on the charts. The first two lines of the chorus were, “What’s love got to do with it, got to do with it? What’s love but a second-hand emotion” As I reflected on this reading, that tune kept playing in my head. It seems Paul is addressing Tina’s question directly when he minces no words in letting the Romans know, love is what really counts. The only thing that counts!

The capstone of the Fourth Week of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises is the Contemplation On the Love of God. Ignatius prefaces this contemplation with two notes:

1) Love ought to show itself even more in action than simply in words; and 2) In love, one always wants to give and to share with the other. In love there is no such thing as giving because I have to, or ought to, but always because I want to. After we contemplate God’s love for us, Ignatius suggests our loving response will be a prayer of thanksgiving and offer of service (called the Suscipe prayer)

Take Lord and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will.

All that I have, all who I am, my very life you give me. It is my deepest desire to give you my entire self in return, to place myself in your service according to your will.

Please give me only your love and your grace, in their greatest abundance, and these will be enough for me.

And one last phrase about love, attributed to Mother Teresa: “There is no such thing as a small act of love.” Every act of love is a way of making God present and known in the world. There is nothing small in this!

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and always will be, world without end. Amen!

—The Jesuit Prayer Team





Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Use this feature to hide the Candles that you dont wish to make public.

You can only view these candles when the "Show Hidden Candles" option is set to YES.

Sorry, there are no refunds on hidden candles.

Hide this Candle
Cancel

You are reporting this Candle?

Yes
Cancel