Disturb Us, O Lord : remembering St. Ignatius

by: Mary Ann P. Flores, HS LRC

As I was surfing the net about the life of St. Ignatius, I came across this website – http://bintana.tripod.com. It is nice to know that there are people who after graduating from college still seek to find time for spiritual nourishment amidst the busy schedule of their career life. In this particular site, I cannot help myself but admire those people who in their own quest to bring their souls closer to God, group themselves and make efforts to spread the good news, owning the responsibility of evangelizing fellow professionals.

Remembering St. Ignatius and the popular AMDG acronym (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God), I particularly got interested in one article  posted under the Reflection column. I already heard this prayer once or twice but it was after reading this post that I got a surge of inspiration to do better, give more and go beyond my comfort zone. It was a “hair-raising” moment that lasted for about five seconds. All of a sudden, I have realized the meaning in everything I do and I  have understood further that striving for excellence is no longer a choice but a necessity.

I hope this will serve as a powerful invitation to always go for the extra mile. What is even more interesting is that the author is unknown, keeping me wondering that maybe the author has found more valuable treasure than allowing others to exalt his name forever for this beautiful prayer he made. Making people hear or read this wonderful prayer is my own simple way of responding to my own inspiration, keeping the flame of inspiring people whoever and wherever they are. Luceat Lux!

Here it is:

Disturb Us O Lord

Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,

because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

Stir us, O Lord

to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show Thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow.
Amen.

By the way, I also found very good materials for reflection in the High School Library especially now that the feast of St. Ignatius is fast approaching. Finding time to nurture our souls is as noble activity as working hard to satisfy our bodily needs.

References:

http://bintana.tripod.com/ref/takereceive.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_maiorem_Dei_gloriam

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