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Week of Prayer 19 - Three Ways of Loving

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on February 3, 2021 at 6:50 PM

Week of Prayer 19 - Three Ways of Loving

 

Three Key Exercises and the Decision-Making Dynamic - Chapter 26, Orientations Vol 2: Part

Three Kinds of Humility

"Three Phases of Humility," Choosing Christ in the World, Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J.

"A Different Kind of Fire," The New Spiritual Exercises, Louis M. Savary, pp141-144

Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, Donald P. McNeill, Douglas A. Morrison, Henri J.M. Nouwen, pp16-17


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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6:56 PM on February 17, 2021 
“In Jesus, we see and experience the persons we truly are.” Choosing smallness, simplicity and being unknown in the world brings me closer to Jesus, closer to God. In this humble place, God’s voice and vision become clearer to us. We sense how each and every person we meet is a member of the Divine Body whether they claim to know, understand or act on this identity or not. When they know and can witness to us, it is a special blessing; but even in their unknowing we are equally blessed. Our gracious and loving God permeates all good. This week I am particularly grateful for understanding better why I have been deeply moved for so many years by the Litany of Humility Prayer written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865 - 1950). I read the lines of this prayer knowing those who recite it are blessed by acknowledging and fine tuning their desires as these last few lines suggest:

“That others may be more loved than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”

“That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.”