Day 26 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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I’ve been thinking about the #youth of the world; and of the Church. I love the presence of the #HolySpirit at work in the vivacity and exuberance youthfulness. 💪

But there is also the presence of the bad spirit; of evil and sin. I find myself devastated, but in honesty, horrifyingly not surprised that today’s #headlines were about #abuse of youth, while locked up in a #NT centre. It’s confronting and depressing but deliberately so, juxtaposed with the #hope of #Day25of31withIggy.

Where is the light? Where is #mercy? How can we be lights in the darkness; how can we be agents of mercy in our world?
#31dayswithIgnatius #news #abcnews #australia #beMagis #bemorehuman#compassion #honest

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 25 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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A #quote from @franciscus in a book (first published by @loyolapress) called “Dear Pope Francis”. In this #letter, he describes how he feels when he sees a #child: “I feel great #hope because every child is our hope for the future of humanity.” This is especially fitting to mark the World Youth Day festival in #Krakow. Considering all the #children, the #youth and the future of the #Church and faith.

#evangelise #evangelisation #wyd2016 #wyd #qotd #31dayswithIgnatius

 

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).

what is success?

Mary is a fellow blogger and Twitter follower, and a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She is a constant inspiration in her passion for helping others and her posts often instill in me personally, a greater desire to live our Christian calling to be ‘magis’ people – to know Christ more deeply, to follow him more closely and to love him more completely.

Internal Resistance

For a while now, I’ve resisted the question “what does it mean to be successful?” In my work and life I don’t find it’s the right question. At ReOrientation for JVC I shared this while talking about what success means to us in a small group. Another JV pressed me on this point. So.

What is success?

Success is getting up every day I don’t want to because my heart hurts immeasurably. Success is being present to this moment and

this moment and

this moment–

when in all of those moments part of my heart is still at a space that no longer exists but in my heart and the hearts of those who were a part of it.

Success is continuing to choose to care. It is living with love, with joy.

Success is never forgetting.

Success is every time I find my voice, know my truth, and speak it.

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Why Ignatian Spirituality is Appealing for Young People

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Timothy Muldoon, professor at Boston College shares his thoughts on why Ignatian spirituality is appealing, but also, helpful for young people.

To paraphrase, Ignatian spirituality is asking the big questions (What do I want in life? Do I have a purpose?) but it is also the practice of asking and the practice of answering these big questions.

“It’s not intellectual,” says Muldoon. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about what you do.”

  • Do you reflect?
    Do you stop?
    Do you really pay attention to people and see them as really other human beings?
    Are you able to name what’s happening when you love someone?
    Are you able to say ‘Why is it that I have a great desire to make art, or write words or music or whatever it is…’?

The Ignatian tradition invites us to answer these questions so we may become more fully who God first desired us to be.