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Teach Me Your Ways

This prayer, written by Pedro Arrupe, SJ, comes from the book Hearts On Fire: Praying with the Jesuits.  It just seemed fitting today.  Maybe it was meant for you.

Teach me your way of looking at people

as you glanced at Peter after his denial,

as you penetrated the heart of the rich young man

and the hearts of your disciples.

I would like to meet you as you really are,

since your image changes those with whom you

come in contact.

Remember John the Baptist’s first meeting

with you?

And the centurion’s feeling of unworthiness?

And the amazement of all those who saw miracles

and other wonders?

How you impressed your disciples,

the rabble in the Garden of Olives,

Pilate and his wife

and the centurion at the foot of the cross…

I would like to hear and be impressed

by your manner of speaking,

listening, for example, to your discourse in the

synagogue in Capharnaum

or the Sermon on the Mount where your audience

felt you “taught as one who has authority.”

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I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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