Here I am again, Lord. I will go where you lead me. I am so grateful knowing that you are with me always. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit; help me and guide me as I share the faith that I have in you with others. I want to be a good companion on the journey of faith. I pray that all come to know you and to believe in you as I do, even as I understand and respect that others’ beliefs may be different from my own. I only ask for your love and your saving grace as did Ignatius, the pilgrim, forsaking all worldly goods to follow you. That is sufficient for me. Thank you!

—Kathleen Smolinski has spent her entire working life with the Jesuits, currently as an assistant in the Chicago-Detroit provincial’s office. She is the proud mother of three, grandmother of sixteen, and great-grandma of two.