Paul Coutinho, SJ, has just published a new book. It’s called An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing the Mystical Dimension of the Spiritual Exercises. Coutinho is an Indian Jesuit who has been teaching at St. Louis University for several years. He brings an Eastern sensibility to his reflections on the Spiritual Exercises. He’s different, provocative, always probing and personal.
Here’s a sample:
Ignatius suggests that when theology becomes an experience of the heart it evokes greater reverence. It is in the heart where life decisions are made and transformation takes place. The heart is the sacred ground where we truly encounter and experience the Divine.
To me, this means that in my day-to-day interactions with people I should strive for a union of hearts more than a union of minds. With our hearts in union, Ignatius believes that even when we disagree with another, or with their understanding of life and truth, we will always listen with greater reverence and respond with greater respect.