Lord my God, when your love spilled over into creation,
You thought of me.
I am from Love, of Love, for Love.

Let my heart, O God, always recognize, cherish,
and enjoy your goodness in all of creation.
Direct all that is me to your praise.
Teach me reverence for every person, all things.
Energize me in your service.

Lord God may nothing ever distract me from your love…
Neither health nor sickness,
wealth nor poverty,
honor nor dishonor,
long life nor short life. May I never seek nor choose to be other than You intend me to be. Amen.

—St. Ignatius Loyola, First Principle & Foundation, trans. Bergan & Schwan, 1985.

Troy Bengford