Prayer of Rupert Mayer

When I was a student at PLM, the chapel was like my second home. The Campus Ministry was a haven for Student Catholic Action (SCA) members in serving God. I met wonderful people who loved Bukas Palad music, played guitar and sang our hearts out until the gates of the university closed.

Bisyo ang pagkanta at pagmumuni-muni tungkol sa buhay estudyante at pananampalataya.

One of the most memorable songs was the Prayer of Rupert Mayer. It was an inspiring musical piece that led us to a deeper appreciation of our mission in Student Catholic Action (SCA).

As I battled out the dreaded disease of cancer now, this beautiful melody reminded me to always follow God’s will. Yielding to His magnifying presence in my life. More of Him and less of me.

Rupert Mayer was a German Jesuit priest and a leading figure of the Catholic resistance to Nazism in Munich during World War 2.

Father Rupert Mayer died on his feet on 1 November 1945 of a stroke, while he was celebrating 8:00 am Mass, on the feast of All Saints’ Day in St. Michael’s in Munich. Facing the congregation, “THE LORD, THE LORD, THE LORD”. These were his last words.

He was beatified by John Paul II in 1987.

I just want to share this reflection.

Saints are ordinary people who let God do extraordinary things with their lives. We are challenged to be like them by allowing God to work through our ordinariness.

Who are the ordinary saints in your own life? Maybe they are amidst your friends, or in your family? How do they inspire you – through their words and deeds? Picture them now and give thanks to God for them.

Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. If we are honest it is fear that often stops us from speaking out. Jesus knows our fears and as he greets the disciples, so he greets us saying ‘Do Not be Afraid’. What fears would you like to tell Jesus about – what fears can you hand over to Him?

Rupert Mayer was a man of incredible courage. But as he reminds us his courage comes from God’s will. What is God’s will for you – here and now – not in the future, but here and now, what is God’s will for you?

In what areas of your life do you need more courage? Where or how, do you need God’s courage to flow through you? Ask the Lord to be close to you there, that you can know his will and feel your courage grow.


Prayer of Rupert Mayer
Words by Rupert Mayer SJ
Music by Manoling Francisco SJ
Arrangement by Arnel Aquino SJ
Performers: Ernald Andal SJ and Toto Sorioso

Lord, what You will let it be so
Where You will there we will go
What is Your will help us to know

Lord, when You will the time is right
In You there’s joy in strife
For Your will I’ll give my life

To ease Your burden brings no pain
To forego all for You is gain
As long as I in You remain

Because You will it, it is best
Because You will it, we are blest
Till in Your hands our hearts find rest
Till in Your hands our hearts find rest

(Moved by the prayer of Rupert Mayer, Manoling Francisco wrote the music during a retreat in Baguio City.)

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