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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

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 Foundation.

Share the Principle and Foundation you wrote.

How have you more deeply appropriated it?

Do you have a deeper understanding than when you first made the Spiritual Exercises?

Any confusion or questions?

Share on Images of God.

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 be non-judgmental avoiding any form of debate.



Questions to consider as you review the reading.



1, What were the highlights of the material for me?



2. What touched me or gave me new or nuanced insights?



3. What challenged me in this material?



4. What connects or resonates with my experience of the Spiritual Exercises



5. What was relevant to my formation as a prayer companion or spiritual director?



6. What would you like to take to prayer?

Categories: RIDL Formation Intern Reflections

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Reply Cat
3:19 PM on November 11, 2020 
My terse Principle and Foundation:
Out of love, You create me and the world around me
In love, You reverently offer me freedom to choose
With love, we co-create each moment, Creator and creature
With love, You save me
In love, I sing to You with gratitude and praise
Out of Love, You call me your own

I particularly appreciated the opportunity to reflect on reverence this week. Over the years, I have been drawn to and been deeply attracted by this quality in others. A deeply reverent person by his/her/their nature accentuates the “thin places” for those around them. My thoughts turn to a scientist’s reverence for the physical world; the image of Buddhist monks gently removing insects and worms from a newly dug foundation for a building in reverence for all life; St. Ignatius standing before prayer to envision how God is looking at him; an environmentalist who embraces self-sacrifice out of reverence for the earth’s needs; my philosophy professor who listened with such intensity to his students reverently attending to their best intentions; Sr. Janet holding the face of a young man with Down’s Syndrome between the palms of her hands smiling at him with utter delight and reverence for this child of God. I recollect an inspiring array of these moments of reverence that teach me the meaning of a life of love, illuminate a kind of disposition that naturally leads away from self-absorption in favor of communal good. I am left bringing to prayer this week my irreverent parts, those patterns/choices that lead me away from God, those that need healing. I pray for the grace of clarity to see where and how I fall short and the courage to make more loving choices.
Reply Carlene
10:33 PM on November 9, 2020 
This week's readings were very thought provoking. I was (re)inspired by the Principal and Foundation. I feel like I had time to really discern the meaning of each line of the P&F and to understand it in a deeper way as I worked through the readings. I really liked the last paragraph in Fagin's writing where he discusses reverence, gratitude, and freedom as allowing us to live in God's love, to hear His call, and to serve God in all things. It is such a simple explanation but I feel it can be challenging to live out in my life when the pressures of the world seep in (working on freedom).
After reading the P&F paraphrased by Fleming, I was left feeling that everything has the potential to call me deeper into a relationship with God if I try to relax and experience life rather than try to control what is not mine to control (continuing to work on freedom... I see a bit of a pattern emerging!!). My job is to listen for God's calling and let go of my own will. In the freedom of indifference or letting go I believe I will experience God's unconditional love more deeply.
Reply Kathy OhEigeartaigh
10:01 PM on November 8, 2020 
I always enjoy the readings but the one that impacted me the most was the one by Fagin. Prayerful reading of the article led me to realize that I have been working with two images of God. The first is one that I have been in an intimate prayerful relationship all my life and is the God as Presence. In the past I allowed that relationship to stagnate and lay dormant sometimes, but it was always there. The other image is Jesus of the Gospels. For me, this image is tied to the institutional Church which had no place for single adult women who weren’t a professed religious, or so it feels like to me.(I was single for over a decade after a divorce at age 27.) This God was remote and part of the male dominated hierarchy that is impossible for me, as a woman, to ever be a fully accepted member. Because this image of God was impossible for me to deal with, I ignored it until I was drawn to reread The Shack. After that, the God I encountered in meditation began to merge with Jesus of the Gospel. I am so grateful that I have always known and experienced the God of Presence, and that the transformative power of prayer and Ignatius’s inspired exercises have given me the courage and ability to trust God enough to keep forging ahead. My understanding of the principles and foundation has evolved and deepened since my first experience with the Exercises.