Friday 2 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Peter Faber

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37. Psalm 80(81):3-6, 10-11. Matthew 13:54-58.

Sing with joy to God our help – Psalm 80(81):3-6, 10-11.

‘We should be slow to speak and patient in listening’ (St Ignatius Loyola).

Early Jesuit St Peter Faber was known for his patience with people. A friend to many, he was once quoted as saying ‘Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone.’ A master of discernment, and skilled giver of the Spiritual Exercises, Faber was a walking missionary in Germany, Spain and Portugal. Building up the consolation of believers through spiritual conversation and guidance, Faber was ‘the quiet companion’ (the title of a book by Mary Purcell).

Today let us ask for the grace that, like Peter Faber, we may attend to the presence of God in our days. As we pray, may the Father bless us with patience in our relationships, consolation as we discern, and joy in the heart. May we dispose ourselves to receiving fullness of life as a follower of Jesus. Finally, may the Holy Spirit send us forth on mission in everyday life.

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