Day 30 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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Day30of31withIggy: text from a favorite prayer of #StIgnatius, the Anima Christi.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

From Finding God in All Things: A Marquette Prayer Book © 2009 Marquette University Press. Used with permission.

I love that for all the prayer’s asking, it ends with praise.

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In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’; including ‘finding God in all things.’ Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

Day 29 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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#Day29of31withIggy:@franciscus tweeted the following- “The Lord loves to participate in the events of our daily lives and to walk with us.” Sometimes I really do think that#PopeFrancis is an #FcJ, a Faithful Companion of Jesus.

#31dayswithIgnatius #quote #qotd#franciscus #keepingcompany#faithfulcompanionofjesus #FcjSisters@clarefcj @fcjsisters @loyolapress @fifilepiu #ignatian

In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’; including ‘finding God in all things.’ Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

Day 19 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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I stepped outside my comfort zone this evening and said “yes” to an invitation from a friend. It turned out to be a risk well- worth, filled with jazz, conversation and confidence.

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Have you taken any risks today? Have you been surprised?

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In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’; including ‘finding God in all things.’ Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

 

Day 4 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

#Day4of31withIggy: God fills our days with #surprise. Here is Baxter, a rescue #dog and now newest family member. I also learnt today from our neighbour that a dog’s nose print is unique and individual to each, as a fingerprint. There’s no mistaking the hand of God at work here in all #creation. And in and through it all, God loves and cares for each one.

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In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’. Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

31 Days With St Ignatius

Our friends at IgnatianSpirituality.com are hosting their annual program to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius. It is in its seventh year, and the team at Loyola Press have done so much good for the promotion and sharing of Ignatian spirituality and faith in general. Theirs is a resource of immense value and accessiblity, so I am only more than happy to encourage one and all to participate in the festivities by signing up or showing up and taking in what’s in store. There is merit in reflection and merit in discussion; it is another way of breaking bread together.

31 Days with St Ignatius

Our Lady’s Blessing

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“Our Lady of Tenderness” Icon, written by my own mother, Cecilia Tan, 2012.

For Mother’s Day today, we pause to remember the maternity of Marie Madeleine, but also of the many sisters who followed in maternal likeness. We continue to pray for the Society, and for the FCJ Sisters; that each may continue to strive toward and serve in the likeness of maternal selflessness, warmth and compassion. We remember our own mothers and mother-figures too.

We ask the intercession of Our Lady, the model exemplar of motherhood to inspire and encourage us in our mission as companions of Christ. We do so, in the recitation of the FCJ Society prayer,

Our Lady’s Blessing

Holy Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Queen, Superior General of our Society, our Mother, Mother of the Novices, Postulants, and Companions in Mission, and Mother of all those to whom we are sent, pray for us.

My good Mother, beg of your divine Son to give us his blessing, and please give us yours also: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Video: A Very Special Easter

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It was my son who brought this video to my attention. He had watched it at school before the Easter break and it has stuck in his head all this while.

Watch this video and you’ll see why it has struck a chord with so many.

Which part moved you the most?

Too Pretty to be a Nun?

Angela Svec has been told she’s too pretty to be a nun.

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Image via Huffington Post

But on the Huffington Post blog, she writes:

Their questions have forced me to confront my self-image. Who do I see in the mirror? How do I appear in God’s eyes? How does one affect the other?

Angela Svec is a visually stunning woman. And it does make you stop and think. But her questions remain true of all of us: who do I see in the mirror? How does God see me? And what is the difference?

Video: I Love You and You are Mine

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a time of solemnity in Lent where the focus is on repentance.

For your prayer and reflection, I offer you a chance to listen to the song,  “You Are Mine”, by David Haas. I invite you to focus on the words:

I love you and you are mine.

Recall a relationship where you felt loved. Savour what it is like to feel such intimacy. Know that in that experience, God continually calls you by name, and calls you into union with him.

The video can be found here, with lyrics and contemplative visuals, from YouTube.

10 Ideas for Lent

Our friends at IgnatianSpirituality.com have compiled a list of ten ways you could choose from to deepen your Lenten journey.

As we begin with Ash Wednesday, a heartfelt wish and blessing to each one of you. May God enter your lives and may your hearts be close to God.

10 Ideas for Lent

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