Today we’re going to chat about Ignatian Spirituality. We could talk about St. Ignatius of Loyola too, I’m not counting him out. Again, the goal is short, sweet and appetizing. So let’s hope I can do that for ya.
Come Holy Spirit, Come! That’s what we talked about yesterday, inspired by some old school Hip-Hop.
That’s how I roll.
What is it?
Ignatian Spirituality comes from St. Ignatius. But let’s hold on him for a minute. IgnatianSpirituality.com says:
Ignatian spirituality sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately involved with us in every moment and place.
St. Ignatius is a saint, as of March 12, 1622. He is also a Spaniard and was kinda full of himself – quite the peacock in his finery, until he was injured via cannonball to his legs, breaking one and severely injuring another. What then? You’re laid up. Just you and your thoughts – no finery. That’s when his spiritual conversion took place through reading spiritual texts of Jesus and the lives of saints and well…look at him now?! A saint! For a really great book on St. Ignatius, I recommend this one by Margaret Silf titled Just Call Me López: Getting to the Heart of Ignatius Loyola. It’s not your typical book.
“In this unlikely tale of a 16th-century soldier-turned-saint and 21st-century woman, we see what happens when one person opens herself to a real-life, real-time experience of the communion of saints. The two are as different as pen-and-ink and laptops are as writing instruments, but their conversations show us that life’s really important questions don’t change with the times and technology.”
—Steve Givens, Faith, History and the Creative Life
Why did I choose to share this particular “I” with you?
There’s this type of prayer, a reflection really, called the Daily Examen. I have to tell you, it’s almost perfect (why not all the way perfect? Because the Our Father is the perfect one, silly!) Now I’ve written on a special way to do this that I just learned recently which may or may not involved baked goods. But there’s this infographic that’s just sublime. If I laminate it, that’s what brings it to sublime status and I have. Twice.
So are you laminating this? What are your thoughts on incorporating this into your prayer routine? Or maybe you’re looking at this whole prayer thing a little differently? Nothing wrong with reviewing your day and being thankful to God for it, resolving to do better tomorrow? Is there?
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter J. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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