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Week of Prayer 16 - Jesus' Public Ministry Begins

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on December 17, 2020 at 1:25 PM

Week of Prayer 16: Jesus' Public Ministry Begins




  • Rules for Discernment of Spirits: Dealing with Spiritual Desolation, Ignatian Adventure, p 165, O'Brien
  • "Four Faces of Jesus," by Virginia Smith
  • "Listening," by Morton Kelsey
  • "Developing a Relationship with God," William Barry, 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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6:08 PM on February 2, 2021 
I have a deep attraction to real listeners. I took every philosophy course I could with Dr. Smith in college because he was a masterful listener. I enjoyed the content of the courses but what seemed most transformative for me was how he responded to his students; earnestly listening, then often rephrasing for clarity. He listened reverently to his all his students whether gifted or challenged as though it really mattered affirming them as students and human beings. No question was considered too basic or ill formed to not be fully considered. We felt safe in these holy hands. As Kelsy so clearly delineates, many of my heightened experiences of the spirit of God involve moments of connection experienced and understood by being privileged/blessed to listen, hear and then know — to be fully present in a moment to that moment. Painful or joyful, tears or smiles, subtle or dramatic, God’s presence in these moments feels triune: two persons giving and receiving accompanied by the Holy Spirit, The Great Listener and magnifier. The Great Listening is prayer. The notion that we can “permit love to move within us” by offering this simply practice to everyone we meet is blessing; knowing that God brings an even greater capacity to listen to and love us is true joy.