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Articles in this edition:

Christopher Chapman Striving for Perfection or Growing into Fruitfulness
Any understanding of spiritual growth will be influenced by the images chosen to illustrate it. Is this growth more like climbing a ladder to ever-higher states of perfection, or slowly unfolding as a developing organism does? Christopher Chapman explores this question through the lens of four stages of organic growth.
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Meredith Secomb The Light of Consciousness and the Light of Christ
Meredith Secomb is a clinical psychologist who has reflected deeply on the challenge of human suffering. In supporting her clients as they deal with with difficult experiences, she has found that in the experience of silence they find a luminous core within themselves, and that this in turn leads them to God. Here she describes this process, and considers its meaning.

Joanna Farrugia St Teresa of Jesus, Mental Prayer and the Humanity of Jesus
St Teresa of Ávila advocated mental prayer for her Carmelite sisters at a time when this laid women open to suspicion from the Church authorities. Joanna Farrugia explains why this was important to Teresa, and how it was inextricably linked for her to a life dedicated to loving service of others.

José A. García Ecology and Ignatian Spirituality
José Antonio García believes that the need to care for the earth transcends different religious and cultural traditions, but that each of these traditions can make a distinctive contribution to the work that must be done. In this short essay, reproduced from the online Jesuit journal Thinking Faith, he outlines what Ignatian spirituality might have to offer to this work.

George B. Wilson Confessors and Parents
It is common in gatherings of middle-aged Roman Catholics, to hear parents questioning why their children no longer go to Mass or ‘practise the faith’. Does this mean that the older generation has failed in its duty of upbringing? George Wilson suggests that the question is a much more complex one than it would appear at first sight, and so should not be given such a simple answer.

Michelle Jones The Riches of Our Human Poverty: Insights into the Mystery of the Trinity from Ruth Burrows
Ruth Burrows in a mystic and writer who has lived as a Discalced Carmelite nun for over 75 years. Her autobiographical writings reveal how it has been her sense of her own poverty and need that has, over the decades, led her to share ever more deeply in the life of the Trinity. Michelle Jones traces this life-long journey.

Edel McClean Pierre Favre: 'Everywhere There Is Good to Be Done'
Pierre Favre was the ‘third man’ of the early Jesuits, the close companion of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier during their studies together at the University of Paris. Yet it would take the advent of the first Jesuit Pope to get him canonized. In this second article reprinted from Thinking Faith Edel McClean introduces a Jesuit who is still relatively little-known, focusing on his distinctive approach to ministry.

Rolphy Pinto Transcendence and Immanence II: Ignatian Spirituality
In this second of two linked articles Rolphy Pinto shows how profoundly the experience of immanence and transcendence affects the language that human beings use in speaking of God. The two poles of this experience can be felt to be in tension, a tension with St Ignatius worked in an apostolic tool that he called ‘spiritual conversation’.

Brenda Timmer Godly Play - An Ignatian Way of Proceeding with Children?
Godly Play is the name given to a series of linked techniques by which children are helped to engage with, and reflect upon, the scriptures. Brenda Leigh Timmer, who employs Godly Play in her Methodist ministry, finds parallels between them and certain aspects of Ignatian spirituality. ‘It is not Godly Play, however, unless all involved expect God to come and play’.

Eric Jensen Hell and the Image of God in Ignatian Spirituality
The fifth exercise of the First Week of St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises takes the form of a meditation on, or contemplation of, hell. Eric Jensen asks how we can, in a world that is culturally and theologically so different from that of the sixteenth century, still use this material in a way that will be profitable for a contemporary retreatant. The parable of the Prodigal Son offers him a way to approach this task.

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