Tag Archives: Ignatian Spirituality

On My Bookshelf: Close to the Heart

Margaret Silf, the English author and spiritual director, has a loyal following among those steeped in Ignatian spirituality. And no surprise: she is in demand as a retreat director and workshop speaker. From what I’ve read of her prose, I’ve … Continue reading

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Giving Up Everything

The young miss is not as much of a music hound as I am. We have a few overlaps in what we like. I still haven’t got Raising Sand back from her. Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily is also at the bottom of her room … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Finding The Place

With The Price Is Right providing the soundtrack to my morning today’s Scripture for my Ignatian retreat was Matthew 26:20-30. (Okay, it was two weeks ago, but so what?) Enter God’s graceful sense of humor about my annual post-Triduum ritual of … Continue reading

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I See

I was thinking about Joseph Plunkett’s poem. I first read it in the poetry appendix of Christian Prayer more than thirty years ago. The musical setting I was first familiar with was that of Michael Joncas from his collection Every … Continue reading

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Retreat Update

I’ve been continuing along in the online spiritual exercises. I’ve fallen a bit behind on the schedule. My director affirms this is acceptable, for the weeks when insights come slowly or my resistance is strong or when something good on … Continue reading

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What Thirty Days Can Do

The Catholic Herald reported that a politician in the House of Commons came to her decision to retire from politics after a Thirty Day Ignatian retreat. MP Sarah Teather: Sometimes you just have to shut up. This politician just needed … Continue reading

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The Long Psalms

The long psalms have been a curiosity to me ever since I first cracked open my mother’s Bible. Being a good Baptist, she referred to what is now my favorite book in the Scriptures as Psalms, and in her KJV, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Ignatian Humanism

I’ve just finished this inspirational book by theologian Ronald Modras. It’s taken me about six weeks, but don’t let that guide your possible opinion of the work. This is a book that has accompanied me during my online experience of … Continue reading

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Narcissism, Narcissism Everywhere

This isn’t a post about this past weekend’s tax collector. I think he was alright. First, Jesus talked about him as an illustration, and not as a real human being. So a question: can a guilty person be a narcissist? … Continue reading

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“In The Dark”

I will admit my fifth week of online Ignatian retreat isn’t going well in the sense of warm interior feelings and such. The reflection on sin is disturbing in any situation. I felt completely thrown for a loop with more … Continue reading

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Anima Christi

The Anima Christi prayer has been on the fringes of my awareness for some time. But only fringes. For a time, it was thought Ignatius Loyola composed it, as he cites it in the Spiritual Exercises, but that notion has … Continue reading

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Variety in the Examen

Jim Manney posted on “Refreshing the Examen” on the dotMagis blog. Does the practice of the Examen need variety? As a newcomer, I can attest I need the regularity more than I need to develop variations on a theme. To … Continue reading

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