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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

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 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
11:23 PM on November 16, 2020 
As Kathy and Carlene have suggested I also appreciate the notion of compass and constellation; of becoming aware of the contours of spiritual consolation and desolation through our readings these last couple of weeks. I have been intrigued and impressed by the disarmingly effective way St. Ignatius unifies human experience with divine encounter. As Veltri explains " For Ignatius, understanding and feelings go together. He does not separate knowing from remembering, from feeling or from imagining in the way we do in our scientific and more rationalistic culture." I continue to ponder this. In my gut, i know this approach is life giving yet I have been trained to be suspicious of my feelings and imagination. It's been freeing to begin to realize that God is very present in my desires -- that these deep yearnings are God given not God thwarted. Intimacy with one's own true desires brings us into the arms of our loving God.
Reply Kathy OhEigeartaigh
10:10 AM on November 16, 2020 
I also really enjoyed Margaret Silf’s essays. I think I need to get this book! I loved the imagery of using the stars, the light in the darkness, as a metaphor for finding our way in the abyss of the unknown. It seems a natural connection between the consciousness examin and the discernment of the causes of consolation and desolation. Before making the RIDL, I used a form of the consciousness examin to help me gauge and judge my words and actions. In hindsight, a pretty unhealthy practice. It was a way to try and meet expectations and protect myself from criticism, etc. and became a pretty debilitating habit of self judgement which undermined my sense of self at every turn. Through the grace of God and the RIDL, I have learned to use the consciousness examin to head off desolation before it begins to run amok, and recognize and savor consolation, all the while asking God for wisdom to recognize my challenges,and the courage and support to meet and learn/grow from them.
Reply Carlene
11:01 PM on November 15, 2020 
This week I really enjoyed reading chapters from The Inner Compass. I have owned this book for several years but have just never dug into it! I read three of the chapters in full (4, 5, and 6) and then read the summaries for 5 and 6. This really helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts. There were so many highlights for me in this reading. I really appreciated the nudge to look at what prompts my surges of emotions such as rage, fear, or apprehension and what triggers me to feel as though I am on solid ground. And, in a similar way, to identify what my own personal "landmines" are that cause me to blow up at times. I appreciated the imagery of the constellations and I look forward to looking at the north star in a whole new way. I also tabbed the pages in the book that addressed the tactics that could be used during times of desolation. These will be a wonderful resource to use when those dark moments come.
One piece of the reading that struck me the most was the idea of Agere Contra - acting against what my tendencies might be. I like the intentionality that this concept brings to light for me. I did a bit more research on Agere Contra and realized that it is more than the physical act of doing or not doing something. It is about my will and uniting my will with the grace and spirit of God and then making a change to my thoughts and behavior patterns that cause me to be distant in some way from God. I will be praying a lot about this and asking God to guide me to act against the spiritual roadblocks in my life.