Reviewing the Feelings of Our Day

Reviewing the events of our day, either to thank God or to know our sins, is familiar enough. Reviewing the feelings that those events generate is a new approach for many people. A good way to begin is, “Lord, where have I heard your voice, and how have I responded?” Sometimes a strong emotion immediately surfaces. I was deeply saddened to get a letter from the son of an old friend telling me of her […]

Gratitude and Guilt

Gratitude is a key aspect of Ignatian spirituality, and even when I don’t have much time for prayer, I do try to take a few moments each day to thank God for the blessings of the day. The problem is that sometimes when I look at the world around me, it seems so very dark for many, and I have to admit that my gratitude can be weighed down in guilt. I go to sleep […]

We Actually Feel This Way

You’ve heard it said many times: when we pray, we should tell God how we really feel.  But that’s not easy to do.  Brian Busse, SJ, points to our aversion to the psalms that express anger and violence, and makes a wise observation: there’s a danger to the temptation we feel to distance ourselves from these psalms of lament (which make up fully one-third of the psalter!), and the danger is that we’ll ignore a […]

Praying with Your Feelings

In the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius Loyola teaches ways to pray with our feelings. Engaging our emotions in prayer is key for conversion and discernment. I explain in today’s video contribution to An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the Week 7 video Praying with Your Feelings.

Prayer Works

The image of Moses waiting patiently upon Mount Sinai to see the “hind parts” of God as the Divine Majesty passed by is a lovely metaphor for how to understand prayer.  Skeptics will claim that prayer does nothing; you don’t always get what you pray for, and the best it can do is make you feel good. Yet I think that view is myopic.  We learn to pray over a lifetime, in a manner similar […]