13 November 2007 Wednesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Joseph Pignatelli SJ
Let me introduce the saint of the day.
A brief history.
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Now our lives. There are people in conflict: Former friends turned arch-rivals; family members at odds with each other; office workers in disagreement with one another over an item in the business meeting. Sometimes, cultural and age differences contribute to misunderstanding: the old churchgoer would like a quiet mass, and the younger massgoer would prefer rock music in church.
However, differences when handled properly results to effective, creative and interactive solutions. It is difficult to turn differences into great opportunities. When we are in conflict, we antagonize, compete, alienate, and disregard people, instead of becoming good community builders. Joseph Pignatelli proved that we can turn our conflicts into opportunities to form communities.
St. Joseph Pignatelli may have reasons to be angry at people who contributed to the suppression. However, Joseph Pignatelli was quiet and reserved, with a strong heart to fight the detractors of the Jesuits. He was prudent and diplomatic, qualities needed for peacebuilding and restoration.
We can use certain questions for reflection. Are you a restorer of relationships, bridging differences between friends and/or family members? Do you enable people to gather themselves from being broken? Are you a source of unity or conflict in a community?
In case of those who are ministering to the younger generation: are you able to bridge the old tradition with the present developing culture?Here is a prayer from Joseph Pignatelli SJ, taken from the prayer book, Hearts on Fire: Journeying with Jesuits.
My God, I do not know what must come to me today.
But I am certain that nothing can happen to me
That you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained from all eternity.
That is sufficient for me.
I adore your impenetrable and eternal designs,
To which I submit with all my heart.
I desier, I accept them all, and I unite my sacrifice
To that of Jesus Christ, my divine Savior.
I ask in his name and through his infinite merits,
Patience in my trials, and perfect and entire submission
To all that comes to me by your good pleasure. Amen.
Joseph Pignatelli SJ