Tag Archives: Ignatian Spirituality

Prayer From The Saint Of The Day

My friend John Donaghy shared this translation of a prayer by the Chilean Jesuit Saint Alberto Hurtado: Lord help me speak the truth before the strong And not to tell lies to win the applause of the weak. If you … Continue reading

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Aging, Dying, Or Just Injured

In my recovery from a broken ankle, I’m faced with a few uncomfortable realities. A touch of bursitis has hit my shoulders, and my doctor advises it won’t really get much better. Arthritis in a thumb doesn’t impact my music. … Continue reading

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Glorious

From the collection Hearts on Fire, this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises: “Glorious Christ, you whose divine influence is active at the very heart of matter, and at the dazzling center … Continue reading

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Substitutions

I was reviewing some recent posts on the dotMagis site. Joseph Tetlow’s “Examen of the Future” is presented and discussed here. I don’t find the Ignatian Examen to be as much a problem in content or its vector as much … Continue reading

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Keeping Watch

One favorite Jesuit saint of mine somewhat in the news these days is Peter Canisius. A prayer of his: Let my eyes take their sleep, but may my heart always keep watch for you. May your right hand bless your … Continue reading

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The Second Jesuit

Today (or yesterday if you are reading this in the Eastern US or hemisphere) is the feast of Pierre Favre. This prayer on the Ignatian Spirituality website, good for more than just the second day of August: I beg of … Continue reading

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Looking For Ignatian Threads

Katherine asked about America‘s interview with R. R. Reno, theologian, editor, and occasional culture warrior. I realize there is little sympathy here for this writer; I’m interested in the accuracy of his reading of Jesuits. He is a brother Catholic, … Continue reading

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San Ignacio de Loyola, the Opera

Until a few years ago, I had not been aware Jesuits were known for drama, even opera. But here is a link to a chamber opera by Domenico Zipoli, one of the first composed in Latin America. Celebrate the saint … Continue reading

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Indifference and Desire

Indifference is not the same as apathy. Not at all. Section 23 of the Spiritual Exercises on the Principle and Foundation: (O)ne must use other created things in so far as they help towards one’s end, and free oneself from … Continue reading

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Hope and the Examen

As you read this, I will be motoring through Iowa and South Dakota today. But thanks to the technology offered by WordPress, I write this several days ago as part of my observance of a month of Ignatian spirituality, in … Continue reading

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Pedro Arrupe In Japan

I read a brief biography of Pedro Arrupe in Ronald Modras’ book Ignatian Humanism (reviewed here). His experiences in 1940’s Japan have always moved me when I’ve read, re-read, or pondered them. Father Arrupe was arrested under suspicion of espionage … Continue reading

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You Have Given, O God …

While sorting through things on the parish computer, I found a responsorial prayer I wrote last summer for one of my classes at Creighton. I like the blending of different Scripture passages and after beginning with an idea suggested by … Continue reading

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Let Our Passing Be …

An overlooked song from the St Louis Jesuit catalogue: “May We Praise You.” Even when I was younger, I loved the line from verse two: And when life is done, let our passing be like a birth into light of … Continue reading

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The Heart of Jesus

I noted Sean Salai’s interview of James Kubicki, who heads the Apostleship of Prayer ministry of the Jesuits. In his discussion of the importance of encountering Jesus through his heart, I was drawn to a recollection of an experience from … Continue reading

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A Hole in a Flute

A friend shared this quote from the Sufi poet Hafez: I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through listen to this music. I am not a flute player. But the metaphor here for discipleship is … Continue reading

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