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Week of Prayer 10 - God's Merciful Love for Me

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 12, 2020 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Week of Prayer 10 - God's Merciful Love for Me

 

• "Rules of Discernment for First Week" (notations 313-327), Draw Me Into Your Friendship, David Fleming, S.J.

• Rules for Discernment - First Set

• Some Simple Rules of Thumb for Discernment

• Graces of the First Week: ending the week

• Consolation/Desolation

 

Questions to consider as you review the r...

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Week of Prayer 9 - The Causes and Consequences of Sin

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 12, 2020 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Week of Prayer 9 - The Causes and Consequences of Sin

 

• "Who Told You You Were Naked?" - John Jacob Raub

• Inner Tapes

• Catch up on any past articles ;not yet discussed

• Possible Case Studies

• "Amy's Experience"

• "Robert's Experience"

• "Jean's Experience"Catch up on any past articles not yet discussed.

 

Questions to con...

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Week of Prayer 8 - My Own History of Sin and Grace

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 12, 2020 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Week of Prayer 8 - My Own History of Sin and Grace

 

• Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 8, John Veltri, S.J.

• 'Personal Sin," Chapter 6 in Spiritual Freedom by John English, S.J.

• "Reluctance to Admit Sin" - Robert Harvanck, S.J.

• "Shadow"

• Penitent's Blessing

 

Questions to consider as you review the reading.

1, What were ...

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Week of Prayer 7 - The Reality of Sin

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Week of Prayer 7 - The Reality of Sin

 

Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 7, John Veltri, S.J. (Overview of First Week)

"Readiness for Week 1"

"Sin: The Big Picture" - Vinita Hampton Wright

"Sin Breaks a Relationship, Not Just Rules" - Pat Schoelles

"Sin Reflects a State of Life, Not an Act" - Pat Schoelles

"Sin and Salvation," Chapter 5 in Spiritual Freedom by John English, S.J.

"The Triple Coll...

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Week of Prayer 6 - God's Call to Me

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 12, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Week of Prayer 6 - God's Call to Me

• Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 6, John Veltri. S.J.

• "Inner Compass," Chapter 5, Margaret Silf

• "Inner Compass" Chapter 6, Margaret Silf

• "Consciousness Examen"

• "Daily Awareness Prayer"

• "The Examen - A Tool For Holistic Growth" - John Govin, S.J.


Questions to consider as you review the r...

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Week of Prayer 5 - The Principle and Foundation

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 7, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (3)

Week of Prayer 5 - The Principle and Foundation

 

Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 5, John Veltri, S.J.

"The Principle and Foundation"

"The Principle and Foundation" paraphrased by David Fleming, S.J.

"The Principle and Foundation and Images of God" - Philip Sheldrake

"The Principle and Foundation," Chapts 2-4, Putting on the Heart of Christ, by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ

Write your own Principle and ...

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Week of Prayer 4 - God's Invitation to Greater Freedom

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on November 4, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Week of Prayer 4 - God's Invitation to Greater Freedom

 

Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 4, John Veltri, S.J.

"St. Ignatius on Psychological and Spiritual Wholeness"

"Prayer That Works"

"Images of God Sources in Scripture"

"False Images of God and Self"

Repetition

Repetition, "The Ignatian Adventure," O'Brien, p61

 

Respond to any one or two of the following questions. ...

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Week of Prayer 3 - The Intimacy of Prayer

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on October 26, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Week of Prayer 3 - The Intimacy of Prayer

 

 Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 3, John Veltri, S.J.

 "Principles of Spiritual Direction" - Robert Moreau

 "Characteristics of Good Spiritual Direction"

 "Qualities of a Good Spiritual Companion"

 "Helpful Tips When Companioning With Your Retreatant"

 "Where Do We Experience God?", A Friendship Like No ...

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Week of Prayer 2 - God's Ongoing Creation

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on October 19, 2020 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Week of Prayer 2 - God's Ongoing Creation

 

List of Resources

 

Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 2, John Veltri, S.J.

"Listening with the Heart"

"Loving Well, Listening Well"

"Listening," Morton T. Kelsey

"I Know You Are Listening to Me When"

"Reflection On Ann...

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Week of Prayer 1 - God's Unconditional Love for Me

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on October 9, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Week of Prayer 1 - God's Unconditional Love for Me

The material for reflection this week revolves around establishing a relationship of safety and trust between the beginning retreatant and prayer companion. It also touches on the attitudes and dispositions that are to be fostered as one begins this adventure in prayer and growing relationship with God. The materials to read are:

• Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 1, John Veltri, S....

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Week of Prayer 0 - Introduction

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (8)

Week of Prayer 0 - Introduction


Summer Reading Assignment: "God's Unconditional Love: Healing Our Shame" by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au


Respond to any one or two of the following questions. Post your reflections for the other interns to consider and comment on. Comments (that is, replies to a posting, are to be limited to "affirming," "clarifying," or "mirroring" statements. And, as usual, they are to b...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 6

 

 

Suggested Reading:

 

 

(a) For question #1 & 2: Mark 4:1-9, 13-20

 

(b) For question #4: John 16:13

 

 

Questions for Reflection

 

 

For questions 1 - 3, read Mark’s parable of the sowing of the seed (see above) and imagine that you are the soil that Jesus is speaking...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 5

 

Suggested Reading:

 

 

(a) For question #1: Psalm 107:19-20; Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 55:10-11; Jeremiah 23:29

 

(b) For question #2: John 8:31-32; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:22-25

 

 

 

Questions for Reflection

 

 

1. How do the Old Testament readings ...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 4

 

Suggested Reading:

 

 

(a) For question #1: Deuteronomy 6: 4-5; Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

(b) “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerated the Body of the Lord, in so far as she never ceases, particularly in the sacred liturgy, to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful from the one table of the Word of God a...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 3

 

Suggested Scripture Reading:

 

 

(a) Overview for the day: Acts 8: 26-40

 

(b) For question #1: Psalm 91:1-4;Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 31:9-10; Hosea 11:1-4; John 10:14-15

 

 

 

Questions for Reflection

 

 

1. How do symbolic images help us better understand God’s relationship ...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 2

 

Suggested Scripture Reading:

 

(a) Overview for the day: John 16:12-15

 

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.

 

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth."

 

(b) For question #3: Exodus 19: 4-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10

 

(c) For question # 4: Gen 9:1-17; 12:1-5; 15: 1-6; 26: 1-5;...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Lesson 1 - Day 1

 

Suggested Scripture Reading

 

John 1: 29-41

 

"They asked, "Where are you staying?" "Come," Jesus replied, "and you will see." (Jn 1:38-39)

 

Questions for Reflection

 

1. At this time of your life, how would you describe your level of familiarity with the Bible?

 

2. Who or what has stirred your desire to study th...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Encountering God's Love

 

In Catholic spirituality, God and God's compassion and love are encountered in both the sacrament and in the Word (Scripture). The author of "Introduction to the Bible" puts it this way.

 

"From its beginnings, Christianity has been a sacramental religion. The church is the continuation of the healing, forgiving, nourishing presence of Christ calling us to new and deeper life....

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Touching Your Deepest Desires

 

On page xi of the preface of "Introduction to the Bible," the author writes,

 

"I want to encourage and assure you that putting the Bible at the heart of your life in Christ can indeed transform you. When you make reflective reading and study of the Bible a part of your daily life, you will notice changes within yourself that will deepen your spirituality and lead you in a direction ...

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Introduction to the Bible

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on June 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Feeling Some Resistance?


On page 5 of the first lesson's supplemental reading, the author writes the following:

 

"How can I ever hope to read such a huge book? How can I understand the Bible when even scholars can't understand it? How can I interpret the Bible when it is the cause of so much controversy and division? How can I understand the Bible that is written in such ancient language about events that happen...

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