Cf. Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah’s kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. – Cf. What am I to do LORD, in the face of the beast which the whole world will marvel at and follow?
Domine, no est
Childlike trust in God
1 Domine, non est exaltatum cor meum,
neque elati sunt oculi mei,
neque ambulavi in magnis,
neque in mirabilibus super me.
2 Si non humiliter sentiebam,
sed exaltavi animam meam:
sicut ablactatus est super matre sua,
ita retributio in anima mea.
3 Speret Israël in Domino,
ex hoc nunc et usque in sæculum.
Cf. Psalm 131 (RSVCE), Song of Quiet Trust. A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Prayer [for Generosity] of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Teach us, good LORD, true generosity.
Teach us to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not heed the wounds;
to toil and not seek for rest;
to labour and not ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen.
Volo quidquid vis, volo quia vis, volo quomodo vis, volo quamdiu vis. – Oratio Universalis
Jeremiah, a man of peace, was called to prophesy strife and disaster. In the years which saw the ruin and the end of the kingdom of Judah, he contended against kings, priests, false prophets, and the nation itself, maintaining that resistance to the Chaldean invader was vain resistance to the inexorable will of the LORD. As the biographical anecdotes included in the book show, he was not a popular figure in his own time and barely escaped the death penalty.
However the prophecies collected by his secretary Baruch continued to be studied, meditated and interpreted; and after his death he grew in stature. The truth of his message was eventually proved by history; his book reflects a warm personal religion and a confidence that there will a covenant written in the heart; and by the Maccabean period, we find, we find Jeremiah considered a protector of the nation, almost a patron saint.
The various oracles in the book are not in their chronological order and they include certain prophecies of a later date altogether. Nevertheless, the body of the work is undoubtedly made up of the oracles dictated to Baruch in 605 (as recounted in the book) and rewritten and supplemented afterwards, when the king ordered the burning of the first scroll. – The Jerusalem Bible, Popular Edition