Reflections from Our Directors
As you consider the life of St. Ignatius, and weigh your own spiritual circumstances today, how does lament play a part in your practices? What crises of individual and collective nature call you to enter into Ignatian contemplation, or break into your own lamenting of present-day issues of injustice, death, destruction?
Practicing gratitude leads to trusting that God will be present in all things – the “positive” and the “challenging.” It leads to trusting that one can live in the present moment, rather than getting lost in past or future.
Discernment is fluid; Ignatius’s mission was to provide exercises to develop the habit of living a discerning life.
God continues to invite each of us into a deepening relationship, to ongoing conversion. We believe that by embracing this invitation, we embrace our God who calls us to act in new, bold ways that reconcile our world, bringing about justice, peace and compassion.
A wide berth was granted to me in this prayerful reflection, bringing the healing of that memory to the experience of the healing of my shame in my present-day adulthood.
Emerging from these long, home-bound months, Ignatius set out on a pilgrimage and committed time to document his prayer practice. Today, 500 years later, these imaginative prayers of Loyola are at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality.
Then Alzheimer’s said, “Let us journey on our way together.”
Peace… we desire it; we pray for it, we look for it and then we discover it is within each of us. We are created to be a peaceful presence in the world. Sometimes it just takes the journey to recognize that what we have been seeking, we have already been given, the grace of peace.
Having experienced decades of winters here in Minnesota, I really enjoy the vibrancy of spring. The last two months of trees budding, crocuses blooming, and grass greening, shouted, “Life is here!” This spring has been especially life-filled as the winter of the...