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Jul 20, 2024

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and conspired against Jesus, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jul 20, 2024

A Voice Like a Drop of Water Penetrating a Sponge

Driving home from work, an issue came to mind which demanded my immediate response. I fumbled with my phone to send a voice text, but my phone was not cooperating. Frustrated, I tossed my phone aside and decided this could wait. It was a good thing too. I had completely misread the issue.  

Later I realized this prompting was unmistakenly the action of the ‘bad spirit’. The voice was urgent, demanding that I text while driving, and intent on creating drama at work.   

The voice of the ‘good spirit’ according to Saint Ignatius is “delicate, gentle, and delightful… like a drop of water penetrating a sponge” (Week II, Rule 7).  Isaiah similarly describes the Good Spirit’s gentle promptings on God’s chosen one: “He will not wrangle or cry aloud... break a bruised reed, or quench a smoldering wick.”   

Before responding to that inner voice, it’s good to discern just whose voice is doing the prompting.

—Scott D. Gilfillan is a deacon in the Diocese of Charlotte and the director of the Catholic Conference Center where he leads retreats and provides spiritual direction.

Jul 20, 2024

Prayer

Prayer to Know God’s Will 

May it please the supreme and divine Goodness 
to give us all abundant grace 
ever to know his most holy will 
and perfectly to fulfill it. 

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

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