Yesterday we arrived in Girisonta a Jesuit Retreat House in Central Java. Lina and Audrey (our novices) are about to make their Thirty Day Retreat. I will direct them and Agnes Dini is here to support the whole process in any way she can. The actual retreat will begin tomorrow evening. Please keep Audrey and Lina especially in your prayer at this special time for them. May the Holy Spirit be with them and us throughout this time. We will be praying for all of you…
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This is Week 1 of Desires of the Heart, a 10-week series on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. The text below is meant to companion the audio teaching and meditation.Click play and feel free to follow along. You may also download a PDF this week’s “handout” here.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be honored’” – Matthew 6:9 (GNT)
St Ignatius Loyola was considered minor nobility, but that didn’t stop him from leading a life of vanity, sin, and pride—being “of the world” he might say—indulging in gambling, duelling, and affairs. After a conversion while recovering from a battle wound, Ignatius began living a life of poverty and asceticism. He didn’t cut his hair or nails and wore shoes with no soles. His attachment now was not to vanity but to harsh penances.
Through prayer Ignatius learned that…
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“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.”
This is one of my favourite passages of scripture – it speaks to me every time I hear it – it reminds me that I am called to a wholehearted commitment to Christ. And yet so often I water that down!
What might wholehearted commitment look like for me today? It is surely to be found in the ‘facts’ of my life – in the way I respond to the people I meet, in the witness I give in everyday ways to Gospel values, in the choices I make for justice…
This week I have the privilege of accompanying people during a retreat. It is incredible to listen and witness to the action of God in their lives, to hear them speak of their desire to live God’s will in their lives. May that inspiration be a catalyst for change in my own life, deepening in me my own desire to live my relationship with Christ to the full.
God is surely active – may we each respond generously!