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In addition to the retreats and programs offered by our Spiritual Growth staff, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth welcomes Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
That is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
In the summer of 1959, I had a job, was paid, but given much free time. I thought I had settled the matter of a religious vocation with the negative answer I had arrived at after two retreats earlier in the year, but the summer free-time gave me time to read. I picked up Fr. William Bangert's life of an early companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Peter Faber. About two-thirds through the book, To the Other Towns, I read a portion of a letter Faber had written to a Cornelius Wischaven, who seemed, more or less, to be at the same place that I was at. Faber wrote: “God wants us to seek the higher gifts.” Suddenly, I realized that I could do it. I would do it! I would try, and with God's grace, to be a Jesuit and a priest.
“God wants us to seek the higher gifts.”
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