Gathering Graces

Last night, I finished my task of leading a group through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  The six of us spent 30+ weeks together, sometimes in person, sometimes online, and all of it a very rich and rewarding experience for everyone.  It is a great blessing for me to have seen the transformation of each pilgrim, and, as typical at the end of the Exercises, we gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving, where together we savored the graces which God gifted to us.

The location of the Mass was Kane Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  A great friend of mine is the University Chaplain there, and he was very kind in celebrating our Mass.  He too has been through the Exercises, and shared a bit about his own experiences.  After Mass, we heading out to a corner pub and had had a celebratory dinner.

Last week at this time, I was preparing to lead a weekend Ignatian retreat for another group.  20+ people participated, and our weekend together proved to be quite fruitful as well.  Now, this group is moving through our on-line retreat continuation, and from their comments, they are continuing to grow deeper in their relationship with God through integrating Ignatian Spirituality into their daily lives.

What a joy it is for me to personally witness the impact of this nearly 500 year old spirituality has on the lives of people living in the 21st century.  What a gift.  What a grace.

By seedthrower1

I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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