world like to think of ourselves as“contemplatives in action,” as SaintIgnatius of Loyola, the founder ofthe Jesuits, described his companions. That means we find God inthe world in all people, places, andthings, including our ministry.
Because we are called to respondto the pressing needs in the worldaround us, we take God with usand find God through our ministry.
Within their work of teaching, social
service, healthcare, and the many
other forms of ministry, some of the
ways that communities called to
active service in the world pray both
communally or individually are:
• The Liturgy of the Hours at
most once or twice a day; also
known as the Divine Office, con-
sisting of psalms, a reading, inter-
cessions, and other short prayers
• Special prayers composed for
one’s community or about Mary,
and Christ, among others
• The Rosary
• Special community feast-day
novenas (at least nine days of
• Theological reflection, forexample, faith-sharing on experiences in ministry, community life,and other parts of religious life• Eucharistic liturgy (Mass)
• Eucharistic Adoration
• Contemplation or “centering
prayer” (prayer of quiet)
• Prayer of presence—findingGod in the moment, among usand within others as we pray “onthe go” while caring for or praying with those in need.
Prayer and action go hand-in-handfor active apostolic communities—and, indeed, for many committed laypersons. We are called tobe people of prayer who find Godthrough those we are called to serve.“Jesus called his disciples and sentthem into the world to bring theGood News to every creature” (Mark16: 15). The church’s call to evangelization fits the active community’scall to mobility and availability toserve where most needed to do God’swork in all corners of the world.
Martínez DelCastillo, F.S.C.gives a classroompresentation.
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