March 13, 2013 in News
Chicago, March 13, 2013
With great joy we praise God for entrusting His servant, Francis I, as the 265th successor to St. Peter. The Society of Jesus in the Chicago-Detroit Province welcomes the first Jesuit pope with great pride and with even greater humility.
This son of St. Ignatius Loyola, who has so faithfully served the Society of Jesus and the Church of Argentina, now serves the entire Church as our Holy Father. In his first public appearance on the Loggia of Blessings at St. Peter Square he bowed his head to receive the prayers of the faithful of Rome. We call upon all Jesuits, colleagues, friends and people of faith to pray for our Holy Father.
It is only fitting in this holy season of Lent that we commit ourselves to St. Ignatius Loyola’s Prayer for Generosity:
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I am doing your will.