Because of the Resurrection

Now that we have journeyed with Jesus through his Incarnation—even to suffering and death, and then even through to resurrection and new life—what is our response?

ResurrectionHere are some wise words from the Spiritual Exercises, to guide our hearts in prayer this week:

I ask for what I desire: for interior knowledge of all the great good I have received, in order that, stirred to profound gratitude, I may become able to love and serve the Divine Majesty in all things (SE 233).

I will consider how God labors and works for me in all the creatures on the face of the earth; that is, he acts in the manner of one who is laboring. For example, he is working in the heavens, elements, plants, fruits, cattle, and all the rest—giving them their existence, conserving them, concurring with their vegetative and sensitive activities. Then I will reflect on myself. (SE 236)

  • Because of the resurrection, we are free to receive the gifts of God.
  • Because of the resurrection, we are free to take joy in life—the good days, the bad days, and everything in between.
  • Because of the resurrection, we are free to grow and evolve as the wondrous humans God created us to be.

During the next few days, finish this sentence, several different times:

Because of the resurrection, I . . . .

This post is a part of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure, Week 8.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 184 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

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