E&W 6-29-14

Sacred Story

Encouragements & Wisdom: June 29, 2014


If you prefer to read offline, you can also download:
Encouragements and Wisdom: June 29, 2014 (PDF).

E & W reflections are additional helps for your Sacred Story prayer journey. Reflect on them at week’s beginning or outside of your 15-minute prayer periods.

The Affirmations

The path to my Sacred Story is
Creation, Presence, Memory, Mercy, and Eternity.

We conclude our affirmations by recalling that life is short. The purpose and goal of a life “well-lived” is to spend eternity with God. Nothing else matters and all of life’s duties and activities are to be geared toward this final end. Let us close these Affirmations by listening to this wisdom that St. Ignatius addressed to a layman living and working in the world. This person is like most of us and he wrote to St. Ignatius asking for the best advice of how to live. Ignatius responds:

We must never lose sight of the fact that we are pilgrims until we reach it (our heavenly country), and we must not let our affections tarry in the hostelries and the lands through which we pass, lest we forget our destination and lose our love of our last end. And the better to attain it, our eternal Father has given us the use and service of creatures… One can thus spend an entire lifetime seeking to pass these few days of our pilgrimage in the midst of honors, wealth, and self-satisfactions, without a thought of that which must be the cause of inestimable and unending riches, honor, prosperity, and satisfaction in our heavenly fatherland.
(Letter to Anthony Enriquez: Rome; March 26, 1554)

You have many options to open your heart to Christ daily in your Sacred Story. Choose the path that leads to life, and persevere so you can produce fruit that endures to eternity.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are our
Creation, Presence, Memory, Mercy and Eternity.


The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

(Ps 34:8-9)