discernment

A 1663 Edition of The Spiritual Exercises, Burns Library Boston College via Flickr
Many people would say that while intellectually they believe that God loves each one of us, personally, eternally, they find it hard to feel this deeply. We may be helped by reflecting on St Ignatius’ conclusion to his Spiritual Exercises, a ‘Contemplation to Attain Divine Love’Firstly, I think about what God has done for me’, and ‘how much he has given me of what he possesses.’Second, says Ignatius, I think about the way God ‘dwells’ in all his...
Croos, Dawson and Patterson at St Beuno's
For the past month, six young Jesuits have been involved in their core ministry in North Wales, as Dr Nicholas Austin SJ explains.‘Block out your calendars from mid-July to the end of August 2014.  I’ll tell you what it’s about later.’That was the mysterious message six young Jesuit priests recently received from Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.  All of us were wondering what our superior had up his sleeve.  We form a diverse...
How will I know if I am called?If you have a vocation to the Society, then it is likely that either now or in the future you will:feel somewhat dissatisfied with what you are currently doinghave a desire to do more for Christfind in your past indications that this may be a life to which you are suitedrecall having had a strong, perhaps unsought for, sense that this life is for youorwhen peaceful in prayer and close to Christ, have felt an attraction to itfind in the story of St. Ignatius echoes...
An approach to making decisions Video of hJ7W5ldFqFM St Ignatius developed his Spiritual Exercises to help us make good decisions. The process helps us to become more sensitive to the action of God in our lives.God’s desire for each one of us is that we should be at peace and joyful.  St Ignatius described this as being in a state of consolation - feeling that we are in the right place and doing the right thing.We know from Christian teaching and everyday experience that what...