A Prayer by Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

The Jesuit General Curia in Rome announced that its former superior general, Father Nicolás, died in Tokyo on May 20, 2020, at the age of 84.

As a Jesuit institution rooted in the spirituality lived out by Father Nicolás, the Marquette community joins the Jesuit community in mourning this loss. 

We remember him with this prayer, written in his own hand after an eight-day retreat with his General Council in 2011:

Lord Jesus,

What weaknesses did you see in us that made you decide to call us, in spite of everything, to collaborate in your mission?

We give you thanks for having called us, and we beg you not to forget your promise to be with us to the end of time.

Frequently we are invaded by the feeling of having worked all night in vain, forgetting, perhaps, that you are with us.

We ask that you make yourself present in our lives and in our work, today, tomorrow, and in the future yet to come.

Fill with your love these lives of ours, which we put at your service.

Take from our hearts the egoism of thinking about what is “ours,” what is “mine”, always excluding, lacking compassion and joy.

Enlighten our minds and our hearts, and do not forget to make us smile when things do not go as we wished.

At the end of the day, of each one of our days, make us feel more united with you and better able to perceive and discover around us greater joy and greater hope.

We ask all this from our reality. We are weak and sinful men, but we are your friends.