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JRS Online Retreat: Day 27 – Learning to Love Like God
Saturday, November 27, 2010

"All that is not given is lost."

As you begin your prayer today, remember that you are in God’s holy presence. Become aware of how God gazes on you all the time, how tenderly and powerfully God regards you. Ask God for what you want in prayer:

Ask God to begin to see all the world with new eyes as God’s gift of self through the Holy Spirit. 

Ask to experience how "God is love," laboring in the world, calling you to love and service.

Reflections for Prayer

Fr. Pierre Ceyrac, S.J.
Former staff member
JRS Thailand

Shanghai, 27 November 2010 – Without any merit on my part, I have lived an extraordinary human and religious life for more than 60 years along the borders of millennial civilisations. I have witnessed situations, whether in India or Cambodia, where the forces of evil and the forces of good ceaselessly confront each other. My way of being a Jesuit has become greatly simplified by all that I have lived through in both these countries — through experiences of suffering, anguish, undeniable beauty, as well as through contact with the great civilisations and religions of Asia.

All this could be summarized in the great axiom of Saint John of the Cross: "My only work is to love."

I find that this phrase has two aspects that, more and more, become only one: first, a growing love for Jesus Christ — "He whom my heart loves" — a love which increasingly pervades everything. But, secondly, this Jesus Christ is sought, found and loved in others, and above all in the poor and those who suffer. And so, one increasingly becomes "a man for others." To these two ways of identifying my way of being a Jesuit I would like to add a third: being a man of the Ignatian magis, striving for the greater glory of God in the footsteps of Xavier — always more, always further, always farther to new shores!

Address God as a friend speaks to a friend. 

Talk to God about your response, your own needs and your deepest desires.

End your prayer with the Our Father, the prayer Jesus taught us.

Suggested Reading for Prayer

James 1:17

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.

"All that is not given is lost." ~ Fr Pierre Ceyrac, S.J.