HomedotMagisSpiritual ExercisesBecause of the Resurrection

Because of the Resurrection

Arts & Faith: Lent - Piero della Francesca - "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ"

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?

Here 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.

Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wrighthttp://www.loyolapress.com/authors/vinita-hampton-wright
Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.


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