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Week of Prayer 18: The Cost and Call of Discipleship

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on February 3, 2021 at 6:45 PM

Week of Prayer 18: The Call and Cost of Discipleship


Three Key Exercises and the Decision-Making Dynamic - Chapter 26, Orientations Vol 2: Part B - The Three Classes of Persons

"Rules of Discernment for Second Week," from Draw Me Into Your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises, A Literal Translations and A Contemporary Reading," David Fleming, S.J., The Institute of Jesuit Sources, St. Louis, 1996

"The Devil Comes Cloaked as an Angel of Light, William Barry, S.J.

"Sending of the Seventy-two Disciples," The New Spiritual Exercises," Louis Savary, pp 128-129

Discernment of Spirits - Interview with Mark Thibodeaux. S.J.

Rules for Discernment of Spirits: Reasons We Experience Desolation, Ignatian Adventure, Kevin O'Brien, p181

"How to Survive Desolation" by Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.

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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7:06 AM on February 11, 2021 
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share in the intellectual tradition of the Exercises with so many key insights being offered weekly. My focus continues to be how these insights lead to interior movements within my heart; how a suggestion or concept becomes a lived experience within me leading to intimacy with Jesus. This week the notion of God’s sufficent grace leapt off the page overwhelming me with gratitude. It permeated my thoughts, energized my sense of awe and made my heart leap for joy. It was hard to wipe the smile from my face. I felt inspired to pray a colloquy, a gentle and simple request: Jesus and Mary, may I hold your hands? They arrived. For a moment, I felt confused, whose hands do I hold first? Mary ever so slightly gestures with her hand toward her son directing me to Him. I then look at Him; He give me a larger, clear head nod to embrace His mother first. So warm and inviting; no spoken words simply being held in love.