Spiritual Bookends to help you find God
A very lovely elderly priest once said to me, “Christine, it is all gift!”. At the time I failed to grasp the depth of meaning at the heart of what he had said, and it was only some years later when I began to look at my life through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality that the wisdom of his words came to light.
St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged his Jesuit brothers to “seek God in all things”. What I have come to know, and have thankfully found through prayer, reflection, and seeking, is the absolute giftedness of my life. God, I now know is found, not only in my successes but even more so, He is to be found in my brokenness and my failures. While it can seem to us that God is hidden in the ordinariness of everyday life, Ignatian spirituality helps us to have a sensitivity to God’s presence and God’s grace even in the small matters of life. It opens us to finding God in our sorrows as well as in our joys.
There are two prayers which Christopher Collins, SJ calls “bookends”, and I find them to be particularly helpful with regards to seeking and finding God in my day-to-day living. The first is the morning offering which I say as soon as I wake up, the second is the daily Examen which I pray at day’s end. With the morning offering I offer to God all that my day will bring, the joys, prayers, works and sufferings. With the daily Examen I reflect prayerfully back over my day paying attention to the movements of my heart and giving thanks for the positive movements and asking forgiveness for the negative ones. I finish by asking for the Grace to be open-hearted again when I awake to a new day the following morning.
As this special Ignatius 500 year draws to a close, perhaps you might consider incorporating these prayers into your daily life? I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. In fact, over time and with daily practice, I believe that you will come to experience a profound self-knowledge, that will ultimately lead to a deepening friendship and intimacy with God, your Father.
Gardiner Street – July 2022
I offer you my day and all that is in it – all the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings I might experience today – in union with your own Heart that is loved by the Father and opened up to the world, even if it gets pierced. I offer you every moment of the day in union also with the intentions of the Holy Father, all the bishops around the world, and all other apostles of prayer, as well as with all those who are suffering today, for the salvation of the world,
31ST JULY- FEAST OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
On Sunday 31st July we celebrate the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of The Jesuits. A special mass will be celebrated on this day at Gardiner Street Church at 11.00 am. All welcome
BLESSED JOHN SULLIVAN SJ MONTHLY MASS
Blessing of the sick and thanksgiving for his life on Saturday 16th July at 1 pm.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE
Please note a change in Sunday Mass times in August 2022.
There will be no 12.30 am Mass on Sundays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August.
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS
From Tuesday 2nd to Monday 15th of August, the Parish Office will be open only Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
THE CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP ARE TAKING THEIR SUMMER BREAK FOR JULY AND AUGUST
Thank you to all who have been attending on Saturday mornings. It’s been a wonderful experience of prayer and friendship, and we look forward to returning on the first Saturday of September.
GARDINER STREET PARISH SEEKING TO APPOINT A PARISH MANAGER
Last week Collection:
Church € 577
Peter’s Pence Special Collection € 445
All contributions are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers.
Two Card readers are available at the back of the Church. One for donations to the Restoration fund and one for donations to the Parish.
YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL
Join over 1000 young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare from Thursday 11th August to Sunday 14th August 2022. For more information and to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie
PIONEER PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday, July 17, with friends of Matt Talbot and of Cuan Mhuire. Priests are available for the Sacrament of Confession from 10:30am until the Anointing of the Sick in the Basilica at 2:30pm. Pilgrimage Mass at 3pm followed by Rosary Procession (weather permitting). Further details at www.pioneers.ie.
DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS
The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. Sundays at 8 pm
17, 24 & 31 July
7, 14, 21 & 28 August
4 & 11 September