Points for Ignatian Meditation1. Find a quiet place to pray. This may be in your room, a chapel, your office with its door closed.2. Establish a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Let the cares and concerns of the moment slip away. Sometimes reciting a decade of the Rosary or a favorite prayer from memory will help to ease you into the prayer.3. As you relax into God's presence, take a moment to greet the Lord. Ask God to give you the grace to see what God desires for you.4. Slowly read a passage from scripture. Get a sense of its geography and flow. Is there something that stands out to you?5. Read it again. Is there something in particular that is touching your heart - either enlivening or frightening you?6. Now be a child: place yourself in the scene. Are you a main character? A spectator? Think about the following:1. What are you wearing?2. What are the sights? Smells? Textures? Sounds?3. What is going on around you?4. Who else is there? Do you recognize those around you?7. Surrender to the story. Interact with your surrounding, allow yourself to be guided by the Spirit as you speak and engage with others.8. Do not try to control the prayer. Surrender! Let the Spirit guide you.9. How are you feeling? Is your "heart on fire?"10. As you bring your prayer to a close, perhaps you might take a few minutes to speak to the Lord about your experience. Be candid - tell God what/how you have felt.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
For those who worry about the Society's concern for justice:
Christian belief is not merely concerned, as one might at first suspect from all the talk of belief or faith, with the eternal, which as the "entirely Other" would remain completely outside the human world and time; on the contrary, it is much more concerned with God in history, with God as man. By thus seeming to bridge the gulf between eternal and temporal, between visible and invisible, by making us meet God as a man, the eternal as the temporal, as one of us, it understands itself as revelation.Not too shabby, I'd say. But coming from the Holy Father's Introduction to Christianity this may come as a shock to some (page 54, if you want to check).
My point is this: the Holy Father recognizes the importance of the temporal order. He's an Augustinian thinker --- read City of God book XIX if you should like. "Revelation" is not some book that comes floating down on a pink cloud; rather, it is an encounter IN HISTORY that calls for the response of faith.
The Society of Jesus realizes, much to the chagrin of many, that "Revelation" is not a series of propositions. It is an encounter (Jn 1:18 - Jesus makes known the Father. It is through an encounter with Christ that we have come to know God....he didn't give us a Summa or a list of "Top-10 Things About God." The Holy Father presses on this point, also on page 54). The difficulty with encounter is that it is refracted through the lenses of history. We struggle, as many love to point out, but the fact of the matter is that we're discerning how God is inviting us to respond today.
I have a lot to say on this issue, but I fear that I'll get carried away. I'm excited for this new General and I hope that my readers will join me in my prayers for him. In my experience of the leadership of the Society - and I know quite a few delegates - they are all men of deep prayer and discernment. I would not be so bold as to question the guidance of the Holy Spirit in these matters and, frankly, I'm horrified by the number of bloggers who think they know better than the Spirit. There are not a few out there who could do well to close their mouths and fold their hands and do some praying rather than prattling.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
- Classical Modern Philosophy. We focus on Descartes, Hume, Locke, Spinoza, etc.
- Intro to Thomas Aquinas. Title says it all.
- Social Analysis. This is an inter-disciplinary seminar that helps to foster a reflective attitude and analytic skill set that we can bring to ministry.
- German for Reading Knowledge.
Friday, January 11, 2008
ANYWAY, we're now back from our Vow Renewal Retreat held at Inisfada. I feel refreshed and renewed and excited for the new semester. I have a bit of work to do before classes begin on Monday, but I reckon things will get sorted soon enough.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
with Prayer for GC 35
God, our Father,
I wish to respond to your love
in all I will do today.
I offer you my prayers, thoughts, words,
actions, and sufferings
in union with your Son Jesus Christ,
who continues to offer himself in the Eucharist
for the salvation of the world.
I pray for the Society of Jesus
preparing to celebrate
its 35th General Congregation,
bringing together Jesuits from all over the world.
May the Holy Spirit, who guided Jesus,
guide them to your Son’s Heart
so that they may love and serve you in all things
to your greater glory and honor.
the mother of our Lord and of the Church,
I pray especially for this month's intentions
as proposed by the Holy Father.