On my first evening of my first Spring Enrichment, my class focused on the biography and the prayerfulness of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This workshop included music; it included a focus object – in this class’ case it was a shell that I still have; it used low light and closed eyes.
It was my introduction to the Examen. Like learning about Lecto Divina in my RCIA class, the Examen was something I had already been doing on my own. It was a natural way of contemplation, discernment, and prayer for me. It didn’t have the name Examen, but the heart and soul of it was there.
Not being a church nerd like my author friend here I was unaware of Pope Francis’ Jesuit roots. As I began my journey in the Catholic Church, he became Pope and I was immediately drawn to him. I discovered that he and I share a favorite icon, Mary, Untier of Knots, who shows up on my blog relatively often.
The St. Ignatius Suscipe, pictured in this shared post is extremely familiar to me even though I am not in a place where I recognize the prayers a saint might be known for. It’s possible that the Suscipe is one of the hymns I sing wihtout knowing its origins, but that is one of the wonderful discoveries I’ve made: the interconnectedness of everything.
In all things, G-d.
Or is it In G-d, all things?
Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. There are so many fine Ignatian websites and resources, that if you are not familiar with St. Ignatius or the Jesuits, you can easily learn more. That Pope Francis is himself a Jesuit, has created a lot more awareness of the order in general.
Ignatius has been close to me for so long, longer than I imagined. He was trailing me, an agent of God, but for many years I was oblivious . Now I smile as I think of the many times our paths have crossed over the years. I think of God weaving the fabric of life, strands coming together to create patterns and pieces that will later become a clearer image.
Speaking of pieces that become
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