Are You Ready?
January 2, 2009
"I beg God our Lord for the grace that all my intentions,
all my outward acts, all my inward operations, may be directed
purely to the praise and service of his Divine Majesty." – Ignatius
In Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, he exhorts
the reader to pray the above prayer, called the Readiness Prayer.
It is a particularly appropriate prayer for the advent of the new
year, for it re-focuses us on what is truly important in life:
living our lives 100% toward the praise and service of God.
Spend serious time in contemplation of this simple prayer. Ask
- What characterizes my intentions: at work, at home, at
church? Why do I do the things that I do?
- What do my outward acts – including what I say – tell
about my priorities, goals, and character?
- How do I structure
my thought life? What do I put into my mind? What do I dwell
on and think about?
- How does my will interact with God’s
grace? In what circumstances do I tend to work with God, and
in which do I tend to fight against him?
- What areas do I need to change so
that everything in my life may be “purely to the praise and service” of
After you have truly examined yourself and all this prayer
is really asking God, make this Readiness Prayer your prayer.