Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Intention: For a greater respect for human life, particularly for the unborn and for those born into suffering, so that we will open our hearts to the sacredness of all life in all of its times.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.  But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.  When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say.  For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

From the Meditation on Saint Ignatius, Martyr | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

If you love Jesus Christ well, you will try in every possible way to enkindle his holy love in the hearts of the children you are forming to be his disciples. See to it that they often think of Jesus, their good and only Lord, that they often speak of Jesus, and that they long only for Jesus and desire only Jesus.

Prayer

Eternal Father, it is through the power of your Holy Spirit that we have the strength and the courage to proclaim your word to a world that many times rejects this good news.  Inspire and accompany us as we strive to be disciples, ambassadors of your presence and builders of your Kingdom.  Walk with us as we face the challenges of speaking peace to anger, justice to corruption, and truth to power.  May others find in our daily lives signs of your strength and love.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.