The Way: Glimpses of God
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GLIMPSES OF GOD
Tom Shufflebotham - The Prayer of Faith Seeks Understanding: Simple Prayer and the Ignatian Exercises
Growth in prayer can seem to involve increasingly complicated techniques to be learnt, remembered and mastered; lectio divina, imaginative contemplation, and a host of others. Here Tom Shufflebotham draws on tradition to show a simpler method, the prayer of faith, which he believes is nevertheless not foreign to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.
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Louis Roy - Dag Hammarskjöld and the Mystics
Dag Hammarskjöld, while secretary general of the United Nations, kept a diary which was published posthumously under the title Markings. Louis Roy sees in it the influence of mystics, Christian and other, and in particular suggests that there are close links between the thought of Hammarskjöld and that of Meister Eckhart.
Michael Kirwan - The Paraclete and the Nightingale: The Vital Legacy of Friedrich Spee
Early in the seventeenth century a German Jesuit, Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld, was assigned to minister to women accused of witchcraft, before and after they were condemned to death. He left writings condemning the trial process, which was often accompanied by torture. Michael Kirwan sees in this a foreshadowing of Rene Girard’s work on the tendency of human beings to scapegoat each other.
Karen Eliasen - Anthony de Mello: On Fire
Anthony de Mello was an Indian Jesuit who perhaps did more than anyone to enable the spiritual techniques of Eastern religions to promote a deeper encounter with the Christian gospel. Much sought after as a giver of preached retreats, he was also, claims Karen Eliasen, an exemplary 'contemplative in action'. In this first article reprinted from Thinking Faith, she traces his quest 'to set the world on fire'.
Roger Dawson - Is Religion Good for Your Mental Health?
It is not easy to say whether the practice of religion is good for mental health, since both can be understood in so many different ways. Here, in our second article from Thinking Faith, Roger Dawson suggests one positive effect that religious belief can have through its employment as a coping mechanism, enabling people to manage better the various difficulties that they face.
Teresa White - What Is in a Name,Then?
Whether you love it or hate it, for most of us our name is an essential element of who we are. The Hebrew and Christian scriptures give much evidence of the importance of the naming process, and of the particular names that are bestowed through it. Teresa White explores these ideas, drawing on her experience of learning her pupils’ names while working as a teacher.
Norlan Julia - The Office of Rector as a Ministry of Consolation
Pope Francis speaks regularly of ‘the joy of the gospel’, and hopes that Christian ministers will be able to help those they serve be aware of, and stay attuned to, the signs of that joy in their lives. Norlan Julia is the rector of a diocesan seminary in the Philippines. Here he describes how he lives out this aspect of his calling.
Rolphy Pinto - The Transcendence and Immanence of God and the Practice of Spiritual Conversation
Orthodox theology speaks of God as both ‘transcendent’, beyond all that has been created; and ‘immanent’, intimately connected to and active in all that is. It has sometimes been suggested that the Old Testament, the Hebrew scriptures, privileges the first of these, and the New, particularly in the gospels, highlights the second. Here Rolphy Pinto argues for a more nuanced understanding of the biblical testimony.
Jack Zupez - Open Wide Your Hearts, Beginning with the Mass
Across much of the Western world, recent decades have seen a decline in participation in organized religion among younger people. Yet many of them would claim to retain a strong sense of spirituality which is important in their lives. From a Roman Catholic perspective, John Zupez asks how the Mass might best be celebrated in a way that would speak to the experience of people such as these.
Iain Radvan - Spiritual Direction and the Examen of St Ignatius
A psychotherapeutic method known as ‘experiential focusing’ invites those seeking help to become aware of the physical sensations in their bodies as they explore the ideas and feelings that they are wanting to work with. Iain Radvan sees parallels with the movements experienced in the prayer of the Examen, and the role of the spiritual director in helping the directee to notice and stay with these.
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