Thursday, 19 December 2013

Visit Ignatius' rooms

A report here on an initiative in Rome to open up some of the spaces where Ignatius lived and died - some of which have not been open to the public for 470 years.

There's a lovely short video to look at if you click on the link... And (something to consider at this time of year) a glimpse of the painting of the Holy Family which Ignatius loved so much that he asked for his bed to be placed where he could gaze at it when he lay dying.

"I will make myself a poor little unworthy slave... Look upon them, contemplate them and serve them."
Christmas blessings to all!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Peter Faber canonised

Yesterday, on his birthday, Pope Francis canonised Peter Faber - someone he greatly admires and, of course, co-founder with Ignatius of the Jesuits. News here, and a reflection and extract from a new book here - this is a quote:

Hardly any retreatant since Ignatius himself made these Exercises with the single-mindedness and fervour of Faber. In later years Ignatius used to say that none of the first generation of Jesuits could give the Exercises as well as Faber. He certainly emerged from his thirty days retreat imbued with the conviction that in all things a man should try to discover the will of God, and having discerned it immediately do it. 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Ignatian app

Thanks to the dotMagis blog I've discovered a free "Jesuit prayer app" with a scripture reading for each day, plus prayers and a reflection, if you want them. Other good things too, such as downloadable and printable prayer cards (including the Anima Christi, Suscipe and David Fleming's paraphrase of the P&F) - resources for the 19th Annotation or Ignatian workshops?

There's even a little bell to set an alarm to remind you to pray!

It looks good... Here's a link to the dotMagis post, from which you can download the app:

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Buddhism and Ignatian Spiritualty - parallels?

An interesting post here on the Finding God In All Things blog... What do you think?

Friday, 13 September 2013

Pope Francis on Ignatius

Hello everyone! I wanted to share something I read over the summer - Pope Francis' homily on Ignatius' feast day, given to the Jesuits in Rome. Full of his usual enthusiasm, his words also touch on Ignatius' understanding of the Church. Some helpful illumination for those of us who've struggled with the Rules..?
Read the full text here.