I beg of you, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from you, and you from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of your sight, your control, your reprehension; of your speech and conversation, of your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing you, hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you; fearing and being mindful of you; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you; being conscious […]
Marko Rupnik, SJ, is a Slovenian Jesuit, based in Rome, whose dazzling mosaics adorn churches at Fatima and Lourdes as well as the Pope’s private chapel. His latest work is the mosaics in the chapel of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The mosaics were unveiled earlier this year. Fr. Rupnik works in the ancient tradition of sacred iconography. Mosaics on the walls of the chapel depict events in salvation history. A huge 28-by-44 foot mosaic […]
You may have already seen this week’s Ignatian song on YouTube. More than 14 million people have. It’s an inventive version of “Stand By Me,” sung by musicians all over the world. It’s a creation of the Playing for Change Project which promotes global solidarity through music. It certainly has the Ignatian spirit–open, fresh, and drenched in gratitude. I found about it from Marco Ambrosio’s blog. He’s also drenched in the Ignatian spirit. Enjoy.
Blogger Cynthia Kirk proposes a way for families to use the Examen around the dinner table: 1. For what time or event today are you most grateful (thankful/happy)? (Initially, you may have to name a few things in a young child’s day to help them catch on to the practice for #1 and #2.) 2. For which moment are you least grateful? 3. How did you show love today? (For very young children, you may […]
A Friday entertainment break. Ignatian angle: Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, is “chaplain” of the Colbert Report. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Richard Dawkins www.colbertnation.com
One of the loveliest pieces of sacred music that I know is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rendition of “Pie Jesu.” “Pie Jesu” means “Kind Jesus,” and the Latin text calls on “the Lamb of God” to show mercy to his people. It’s here because mercy is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality. The text has an interesting history. The “Pie Jesu” is an ancient motet based on the the last couplet of the “Dies Irae,” the […]
by Denise Levertov To lie back under the tallest oldest trees. How far the stems rise, rise before ribs of shelter open! To live in the mercy of God. The complete sentence too adequate, has no give. Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of stony wood beneath lenient moss bed. Read the whole poem here.
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You Have Called Me by Name Oh, Lord my God, You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful beings. You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb. You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me every moment of my existence. I am amazed, Lord God of the universe, that you attend to me and, […]
It’s back to Bob Dylan for this week’s Ignatian song. It’s “Every Grain of Sand,” one of Dylan’s many songs with powerful Biblical imagery. The beauty of this song is in the lyrics. They depict a man choked by “the flowers of indulgence,” trying to resist “temptation’s angry flame,” sensing God’s presence Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break. In the fury of the moment I can see the […]