Sunday 31 July 2022

Teach Me To Be Generous

I'm not very good on Saint's Days - but today the Church of England marks the life of St Ignatiusof Loyola - a Spanish priest who lived 500 years ago. He was the founder of the Order of Jesuits, whose mission was to spread the Gospel across the world.
Ignatius is probably best known for his prayer for a generous spirit...

It is very interesting that many prayer books omit the first line and just begin with "Lord, teach me..." Generosity is the opposite of selfishness. I know which I prefer


  1. Angela, thank you for this as I learned the prayer without the first sentence and was unaware of it.

  2. Ruth, I think the C of E prayer book omits the first line, and I imagine that is why we non-Catholics didn't learn it.

  3. Thank you for sharing this prayer. You are one of the most generous persons I know, always giving of your time, skills, help, and so much more. :)

  4. I too learned the prayer ( Church of Scotland) without the first line. Thank you for snating the full version. Catriona

  5. What a lovely prayer. I think you are the very epitome of generosity. xx

  6. Worthy words, indeed!


  7. I learned this in the Church of England without the first line.

    1. the more I think about it, the odder it seems that line one is so often missed out


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