Showing posts tagged as 'ignatian-spirituality'

God’s Well Tended Flock

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

June 25, 2010 16:35

"For this is our God,

whose people we are,

God's well-tended flock." Psalm 95:7

I know they might be a bit hard to make out, but there eight little ducklings in the photo above. They were really small, about half the size of my fist. I want to share with you the story behind the photo. I think it's a good one.

On the last day of my retreat last week, I drove over to Patapsco State Park, about a ten...

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Food Habits

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Main-course, Vegetarian

June 22, 2010 18:26

When I began changing my eating habits, I was encouraged by the line in Matthew's Gospel where Jesus asked, "isn't life more than food..?" (5:25). So much of our lives today revolve around eating and drinking. In and of itself, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it seems to me that many of us have taken it to the extreme.On the NBC evening news last night (6/21/10), I happened to catch a...

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Post Retreat I

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Spirit

June 19, 2010 18:39

There's a lot of thoughts floating through my head today, having just made an eight day silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. I'm planning one writing about several key insights over the next couple of weeks, and I thought I just as well might start today.During the past three retreats, my director has been a man named Stephen. On the surface, one might assume that he...

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Three Minute Retreat

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

June 15, 2010 05:21

three minute retreat. Is that all it takes? Yes, and I've actually found that on some crazy days, I have to slow myself down or I would have it done in two. Of course, you could also stretch it out to, say, five minutes if you wanted to.Following Ignatian Spirituality, these short refections begin with a beautiful image. With some instrumental music if you like, you'll scroll through a...

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Retreat Day Four

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Prayer, Spirit

June 14, 2010 21:18

Well, my retreat is half-way over. It's hard to believe how fast time flies. Last year, my retreat director told me an interesting statistic. Steve said that a survey had been given to a large group of those who direct eight day Ignatian retreats. While there were lots of insights to be gleaned from the results, one jumped out. On average, it's taking people four to five days to unwind enough...

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Retreat in Silence

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

June 11, 2010 06:20

This afternoon, I'll be heading out for my annual silent retreat. The retreat center where I go generally has these Ignatian retreats in August, but this year, it was moved to the middle of June. As I noted in my post yesterday, I know that God always has a plan. I'm wondering if He knew how much I would need a retreat at the beginning of the summer, instead of at the end. Maybe it will be made...

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Examen Prayer

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

May 28, 2010 15:14

Sorry, this post is a bit longer than my usual. But as I was thinking about it early this morning, I wanted to spell this powerful prayer out to you. I hope you find it beneficial.When I began making the Spiritual Exercises, I began working on the discipline of the Daily Examen. I can't say I was always faithful to it, but it was very beneficial when I did. I continue to strive to make it a...

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Simplicity and Silence

Tags: Body, Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

May 26, 2010 18:11

First off, hope you're having a good day. I had to go to Baltimore for a meeting, and someone I work with asked me to pick up a bag of the country potatoes I wrote about yesterday. I had to go to two Trader Joe's stores before I found them :( As it turns out, they're a new item. I hope you can find them easily.When I was on my eight day silent retreat last year, my spiritual director told me...

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