About Joseph Tetlow, SJ
Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, is currently the director of the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas. A former head of the Jesuit general’s Secretariat for Ignatian Spirituality, he has also served as president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, professor of theology at Saint Louis University, and associate editor of America magazine. He has written numerous articles and books, including Choosing Christ in the World and Making Choices in Christ.

Application of the Senses

St. Ignatius suggests that we can pray about our senses the way we pray about keeping the Commandments (Spiritual Exercises 247). More characteristically, he suggests using our senses to start contemplating: see the persons, hear what they say, and observe what they do (SE 106). These are traditional uses of the senses. One application of the senses, though, makes Ignatian contemplation quite distinctive. It is usually referred to as “the application of the senses,” and […]

An Examen for Easter Week

This post concludes the series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to […]

Praying the Glory

This post is a part of the series “From Ashes to Glory.” We have now reached “glory”—Jesus’ glory and our own. His is the glory the Father gave Him: to return alive to live forever. Our glory is what Jesus gives us: a share in His eternal, divine life. We live enjoying all of God’s earthly gifts as well as anyone can. All the while, we are graced to know that we are going to live […]

An Examen for Holy Week

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which […]

The Cross and the Examen

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The prayer of the Examen rests on a profound and perilous belief: the Father’s will is greater than my own. I accept the reality that His will, not mine, will decide what I must do and who I am to be in life. Hence, I will grow into my authentic self not by enacting the many desires that I absorb from the world […]

An Examen for the Fifth Week of Lent

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.” —John 12:26 Reflect Even when we are trying to shake off a bad habit, the Examen should leave us content and even joyful. It will, if we remember that the good that we set ourselves to, we do […]

Asking “What Now?”

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” When settling on what to do tomorrow—the fifth prayer moment in the Examen—we keep two things in mind. First, love consists in this: “not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). We want to live a holy life not because we thought it up, but because the […]

An Examen for the Fourth Week of Lent

This post is part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like […]

Face What’s Wrong by Praying the Examen

This post is part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The fourth step in the Examen is contrition and repentance. We can repent on two different grounds. First, we realize how much God loves us and how we have hurt God and let Him down. So we repudiate the sin and hate it for love of God. We can also focus on the ugliness of the wrong we have done, and so we repudiate […]

An Examen for the Third Week of Lent

This post is part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, […]

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