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Morning Prayer For Meeting

Dear God,

I pray that you be with me and my colleagues as we go into this meeting today. May your light shine on us as we each share our perspective, helping us to see new ideas. May your grace guide us toward the best decision for the company and its employees. Give me the words to speak up when necessary, and the wisdom to listen when others speak. Amen!

Dear God,

Bring us together in your grace.

We are here to discuss the future of our company and the lives of our employees. We know that you have a plan for each one of us, and we ask for your guidance as we work through this difficult time.

Give us wisdom and honesty as we make decisions about how to move forward. Help us to remember those who have been affected by this situation and keep them in our hearts.

Grant us strength and perseverance as we face challenges today and tomorrow. May our actions reflect your love and mercy toward all who are involved in this situation. Amen

Morning Prayer For Meeting

As We Make Decisions

Heavenly Father,

We come to you today asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting.
Help us engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community.
Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we make decisions that might affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of this University.
And, continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the the pursuit of truth, for the greater glory of you, and for the service of humanity.
We ask these things in your name. 

– Ted Torbeck

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Reflecting on the New Year

Dear Lord,

As we approach the holiday season and look forward to the fast approaching New Year, let us take a few minutes to reflect on the year. 
Let us reflect with gratitude on all that we have been given in life– our family, our friends, and the community here at Xavier. 
Let us reflect with sadness on the recent terrorists events that have put so many people in peril. 
Let us reflect with gladness on all that is good and beautiful and kind and giving in the world. 
Let us reflect with hope on the transformational times in which we live– filled with innovation, advancements and endless possibility. 
And as we make these reflections…
Let us pray for peace in the world.
Let us pray for the health and happiness of our Xavier community.

Let us pray for support in our mission to make Xavier a university of great learning– producing  the next generation of thinkers and leaders with a strong calling to make the world a better place. 
And finally, let us look forward to the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and hope and giving. Whether our impact is to be big or small, affecting many or affecting one, let us use our time, talents and treasure to make a difference in the world.

 – Deb Henretta

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May Today There Be Peace Within 

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

– Tommy Sedler

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The Fast Life

Fast from judging others;
Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from fear of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute;
Feast on speech that purifies.
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger;
Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism;
Feast on hope.
Fast from negatives;
Feast on encouragement.
Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern;
Feast on compassion.
Fast from suspicion;
Feast on truth.
Fast from gossip;
Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from anxiety;
Feast on faith.

– Author Unknown

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We Seek You

Loving and Gracious God, you are indeed the giver of all good gifts and we come together this day to seek your wisdom, guidance, courage and strength. Be with us in our deliberations and help us to be wise in the decisions we make for 

Xavier University and the good of all those who have placed their trust and confidence in our leadership. Give us insight to lead with integrity that our decisions may reflect what is right and good. Keep us from shortsightedness. Help us to make decisions that strive to be for the good of all while guarding us from blind self-interest. Finally, dear Lord, grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say. All Glory be to you, loving God, now and forever.

– Gary Robinette

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Journey to the Frontiers of Education

O Yahweh, Al-Elah, O Almighty God, though we seek you on many paths, guide us to serve as one this great institution of your creation.

Grant us, always, as Father Arrupe asked so many years ago, to see everything now with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help us read the sign of the times, to relish the things that are from the Master of the Universe, and to communicate them to others. Give us the clarity of understanding that you gave St. Ignatius in whose heritage we move and conduct our affairs.

Help us now to build a culture of encounter and of mutual discernment and respect as we journey to the frontiers of education and society as part of the Xavier Way.

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Inspire Us

Loving God,

Just as the Xavier community gathered on September 9 to call upon your Holy Spirit to guide Xavier University this year, we too call upon this same Spirit to direct this board in the decisions we will make that affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of this university. Inspire us in our conversation; grant us humility to be discerning in our listening and attentive to the stirrings in our hearts.

We pray in thanksgiving for the leadership of Fr. Graham and for his team; for the entire dedicated faculty and staff as they enliven the spirit of our mission daily; and for our students that they truly cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. 

Keep us mindful that all we do, we do for your greater glory!

Keep us mindful and thankful for your many blessings!

We pray this through the intercession of our founder St. Ignatius and our patron St. Francis Xavier.                

– Fr. Bill Verbyke, SJ

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We Gather in Gratitude

Good and Gracious God, we gather in gratitude on this Founders’ Day as we recognize that spirit of generosity upon which this institution was established, and that spirit of generosity which carries us today to be faithful to our mission:

the mission of educating each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually;  by preparing students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent; by striving to challenge and support students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. 

We pray in thanksgiving for the many people that give life to this mission each day: faculty, staff and students. But this evening we especially acknowledge those members of our community who give in philanthropic ways to sustain Xavier University, members of the 1831 Society.

We gather in an even special way tonight to acknowledge the many ways that Xavier has been blessed through the generosity of time, talent and treasure of Mr. Joseph A. Pichler, whom we honor tonight with the 2013 Founders Day Award. And we recognize his wonderful wife Susan, for their longstanding dedication and support!

We ask your blessings upon the food we are about to eat. May this meal and our time together symbolize for us the many ways we experience your goodness. And may you also bless each of us and our families; and bless our world with peace.

Keep us always mindful of your great love as we see you in creation and experience you in one another.

We pray to you, most loving and giving God.

 Fr. Bill Verbryke, SJ

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St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous. St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity
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 reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

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Strengthen Us

Good and Merciful God,

We thank you for the blessed opportunity to facilitate your mission at Xavier University Board of Trustees, Educators and Administrators. We humbly beseech you to share with us the knowledge and wisdom you bestowed upon St. Ignatius and St. Frances Xavier, so we may guide and nurture this precious vessel of institutional learning with faith-based growth. Please strengthen us to make appropriate heartfelt decisions that are beneficial to the mission of the great University. Let us emulate your love, as we share our love and generosity for the development of this catholic institution, and perform our duties with enthusiasm and great zeal.

Please bless all of our students, the life-blood of Xavier University. Help them to learn, experience, and grasp the appropriate toolsets needed to succeed in their lives and to further the legacy of this Catholic institution.

During this season of lent, strengthen all of us to sacrifice in your name. Let these works enable us to find God, and to empower us by his Holy Spirit to perform our duties.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

 Robert Heidt

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We Thank You

Let me first say that I am grateful for this opportunity as a Protestant student. Xavier does a great job of making non-Catholics feel welcome. Now, please bow your heads as we go to God in prayer. I will pray in the Christian tradition.

Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to gather together as students, faculty, administration, and board members. We thank you for this year’s successes and areas of growth. Give us the strength to continue progressing as a University informed by our Jesuit values and mission. Bless the food and those that prepared it. All these things we ask in Jesus’ name. 

 – Lauren White

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Let All We Do be Done Through You

Father in heaven:
In this holy season of Advent we long for the fullness of salvation,
for ourselves and for our world;
into the darkness of winter,
send the light of your son.

Guide us in our meeting today,
so that everything we do might begin by your inspiration,
and be carried out through your grace,
so that all of our intentions and actions might seek only your service and
well-being of the students entrusted to our care.

Through Christ, our Lord.

– Tim Howe, S.J.

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The Gift of Life

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the gift of life, and for the gift of those lives who dedicate their efforts, in the Ignatian tradition, to nourish both the mind and spirit. We ask that your spirit be among us today as we consider our responsibilities to our Jesuit Institutions, our president, our faculty and our students.
In Christ’s name we pray.

– Stephen Cuntz

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Be with Us

God of Love,
We are meeting today regarding ordinary and extraordinary matters of Xavier University. Matters which will ultimately affect the students who have entrusted Xavier to engage them intellectually, morally and spiritually.
Be with us in our discussions.
Give us insight and courage to do your will with compassion and reverence, as stewards and companions for the benefit of the entire campus community and beyond.

Help us to know and believe in the gifts you have given us as Trustees, both individually and collectively.
Inspire us to solve the challenges we may face and to take joy in our shared triumphs, both mundane and grand.
In faith and hope, we trust in your presence and guidance today.

– Debra Mooney

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Let it Be You

Be present with us, O Holy Spirit, for it is in your name that we are specially gathered together.
Come to help us in our affairs, and be pleased to enter into our deliberations.

Let it be you, first of all,who inspires our suggestions.
Grant that we may act wisely in service to Xavier University.
Keep us by the gift of your grace in harmony with your will, so that we may act as one with you.

– Donna Jones Baker

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Let us Pray

God of Wisdom,

We are gathered here today to serve you and conduct the affairs of Xavier University.
Give us knowledge and strength to do your will with a proper balance of eternal values and our present needs.
May we accept our responsibilities, act with courage, and uphold the education of tomorrow’s leaders.
Grant us a sense of justice and wise stewardship both now and forever.

–  James Wainscott

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Patience

As we look to and plan for the future of Xavier University – and our own personal future – let us hand over to God the feelings that are deep within each of us, participants in the ongoing creative activity of God.
Holy Creator,
give us patience to trust in Your slow and constant
creative power.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that new creation is made by passing through
some stages of instability?
and that it may take a very long time.
Help us to be patient
and understand Your ideas mature gradually within us.
Enable us to let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Help us not to force the future
as though we could be today
what time, grace, and circumstances
will make of us tomorrow.
Only You can say what this new spirit,
Gradually forming within us, will be.
We give to You, Loving Creator, our faith
and trust that the benefit of our believing
is a deeper realization
that Your hand is leading us
when we accept the anxiety of felling ourselves
in suspense and incomplete,
waiting for Your plan to unfold in its own time,
We trust in Your creative power,
Source of all that is and all that will ever be.

 – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

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Give Us 

Holy God,
We gather here as members of this Board
and we thank you for calling us together.
It is our privilege and our responsibility
to support, foster, and advance
the mission of Xavier University.
We accept this task in total dependence upon you,
for it is you who began this work
you who guide it and will bring it to fulfillment.
Send your creative spirit upon us:
open our hearts to recognize Your presence among us;
open our minds to respond to Your calling.
Enable us to draw upon the wisdom and experience of yesterday
as we respond to the questions and concerns of tomorrow.
Give us freedom to speak the truth boldly and with kindness;
Give us patience to listen openly, without prejudice;
Give us confidence to discover and explore new possibilities;
Give us wisdom to discern what is right and good and just;
Give us courage to participate in your ongoing work of creation.

We call upon the intercession of St. Ignatius to confirm our prayer
and to support our endeavors.
All glory, honor, and praise are yours, Holy God, for all ages.

Read by: Ann Hoffman 

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Bless our Work

Good and Loving God,

We thank you for creating the world in all its beauty.

We thank you for memory, which enables us to build on the experiences of the past;
for imagination, which admits us to a wider world than we could otherwise know;
and for foresight, by which we plan for the future.

Bless this unseen work that we do on behalf of Xavier’s many students who,
through their Jesuit education,
will strive to make a difference in the world.

– Joe Shadle

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Through Faith and Hope

God of Love,

We are meeting today regarding ordinary and extraordinary matters of Xavier University, matters which will ultimately affect the students who have entrusted Xavier to engage them intellectually, morally and spiritually.

Be with us in our discussions.
Give us insight and courage to do Your will with compassion and reverence, as stewards and companions for the benefit of the entire campus community and beyond.

Help us to know and believe in the gifts you have given us as Trustees, both individually and collectively.
Inspire us to solve the challenges we may face and to take joy in our shared triumphs, both mundane and grand.

In faith and hope, we trust in your presence and guidance today.

– Debra Mooney

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Opening Prayer for the Meeting of Xavier’s Jesuit Identity Committee

Chair:
Let us pray.

All:
Good and loving God,
We gather this morning in your name.
The gifts of our Ignatian heritage invite us to be part of a tradition
that builds on the wisdom of the past
with a vision open to the opportunities of the future.
Bless this vital work that we do on behalf of Xavier’s students
who, through their Jesuit education,
are challenged to make a difference in the world.
Give us the grace to serve you well.
Instill in us the humility to discern your will
and the generosity to carry it out.

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