Posted by Mark Beckwith on December 09, 2010
While pondering grace, which seems to be the theme of the second chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, I keep being brought back to a prayer attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola. The founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius wrote the Suscipe (to receive) prayer: Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and all my will -- all that I have and possess. You, Lord, have given all that to me. I now give it back to you. All of it is yours. Dispose of it according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for that is enough for me. Grace is enough. Something to remember during a season when the culture tries to entice us to want or buy more. Grace is enough. The Ignatius prayer has resonance with an opening prayer at a retreat I attended over thirty years ago: Help us to see, O Lord, that the only thing we truly possess is the capacity to be filled by you. May it be so.