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Week of Prayer 14: The Hidden Life of Jesus

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on December 17, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Week of Prayer 14: The Hidden Life of Jesus


  • Orientations, Volume 2, Part A, Chapter 12, John Veltri. S.J. (Naming of Jesus, Visit of Magi, Jesus in the Temple)
  • Rules for Discernment of Spirits: How the Good Spirit and Evil Spirit Operate (O'Brien, p 145)
  • Rules for Discernment of Spirits: Storing up the Graces of Consolation (O'Brien, p 151)
  • Application of Senses - Joseph Tetlow, S.J., "Choosing Christ in the World"
  • Application of Sense - Hugo Rahner, S.J., "Ignatius the Theologian"


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
6:43 PM on February 2, 2021 
“Application of Senses is concerned with the true relationship between asceticism and mysticism” Rahner states going on to specify that “all true prayer and meditation involve the abandonment of self to another Person, to God (or better to the incarnate Jesus Christ).” That last phrase to pray with, to be present fully to, to encounter not an abstract God but rather the Person of Jesus captivates my imagination and moves me. Do I identify myself as friend and follower of Jesus? Are we together in prayer? Can I approach the Master? I had a painful wake up call that helped me understand the answer was at least on some level “no.” A couple summers ago, my son and I were very fortunate to travel to Europe. An unexpected art award came my way. The ceremony was being held in Paris a few days after my teaching ended for summer break. My son had just graduated from high school and so weaving these two celebrations together we set off for our adventure. Paris was wonderful but I wanted my son to experience Rome, to get a sense of the universal Church. I took him to the Vatican Museum which we spent hours exploring along with the Sistine Chapel. Hours later we exited the museum to unbearably hot weather to a lovely water fountain where we filled our water bottles. There a man approached me: do you speak English? he inquired, “I saw you in the museum.” I answered “yes.” “I’m here with my family, we’ve seen the museum but I’m wondering if there is anything else here we should see?” I answered, “I assume you went into St. Peter’s before the museum?” “No” he aswered, “where is that? I explained that we were standing next to it and then realized I needed to show him where the front doors were located around the corner. He seemed quite pleased, gathered his wife and daughters who were dressed in beautiful saris and headed off. Later that evening, I became filled with regret dreading my inaction. Why hadn’t I offered to take this family into my Father’s house? To share its beauty, my Redeemer depicted so preciously in stone in Michelangelo’s Pieta? To share my joy in being a Catholic? My identity as daughter of God was latently being unearthed.