|Window, St. Ignatius Chapel, |
Montserrat Retreat House
"...each one should be given those exercises that would be more helpful and profitable..." — from Louis Puhl's translation of the Exercises, 18th Annotation
The practicum was designed to help us consider prayerfully and practically the movements of this sort of retreat, where the expecation is that people will leave with some tools to "make progress in the life of Christ." Including some thoughts about how the director might come to such a retreat.
The notion was that you could leave with a sketch, an outline, of a weekend retreat, with 10 or 11 short talks given over 3 days. We were invited to preach an excerpt of such a talk along the way, and listening to others preach was not just an opportunity to see different approaches to crafting and presenting such reflections — watching a clip of a Disney cartoon, artwork, poetry, evangelical style preaching, quiet reflection, music — but to hear the witness of people willing to return the gift they'd been given in the Exercises was a grace.
- "We are looking for a busy God."
- ...that I be not deaf to his call.
- We are icons, doorkeepers, witnesses.
- Never reveal your politics.
- Sin is a mystery and if it is too clear, we are in error.
- Love costs.
- We are not on a mission, we are mission.
- Imagine your own resurrection.
The full text of Puhl's translation of the Spiritual Exercises can be found at IgnatianSpirituality
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