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Aug ’18 Vocation Sheet: Prayer

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Foundational Text: [remembering Faber] ‘’One day, a few miles before reaching Rome, in company with Faber and Lainez, the pilgrim was at prayer in a church and experienced such a change in his soul and saw clearly that God the Father placed him with his Son that he would not doubt it – that God the Father had placed him with his Son.” [Autobiography # 96]

Word of God: [from the feast of St. Alberto] James 2, 14-17 “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but no works? Can faith alone save you? If your brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and have your fill”, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

The Society Today: “The Society of Jesus has carried a flame for nearly five hundred years through innumerable social and cultural circumstances that have challenged it intensely to keep that flame alive and burning. Things are no different today. In a world that overwhelms people [esp. the young] with a multiplicity of sensations, ideas, and images, the Society seeks to keep the fire of its original inspiration alive in a way that offers warmth and light to our contemporaries.” GC35. Dec 2…which took its title from the often repeated mantra of Alberto that we all become for our time, A FIRE THAT KINDLES OTHER FIRES.

Prayer: O God, our Father, who in Saint Alberto, your Priest, has given us a clear sign of your love, grant that, through his intercession, holding fast to the Gospel with determination, we may, with the love of Christ, attend to our brothers and sisters, especially the abandoned and the poor, and so advance your Kingdom of justice, love and peace.

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