The Way: Meaning in light and darkness

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MEANING IN LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Contents

Rob Culhane - Living with Anxiety, Medication and Prayer
It is perhaps not surprising that drugs prescribed to mitigate the effects of anxiety will affect the life of prayer. It is less clear, however, what will actually happen in practice. In a frank and open article, Rob Culhane, an Anglican priest working in Australia, describes how his own ministry and spirituality were influenced by the medicines he needed.

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Gerald O'CollinsMarriage Vows in the Principle and Foundation
The preamble to St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, the text called the ‘Principle and Foundation’, has frequently been regarded as dry, analytical, and rooted more in philosophy than in scripture. However, by comparing it with the language of the marriage vows, Gerry O’Collins argues that is can be seen rather as a rich, loving and even lyrical passage.

Richard Boileau - Viktor Frankl, Meaning and Spiritual Direction
The opening of St John’s Gospel is often translated as ‘In the beginning was the Word’. An alternative translation would be ‘In the beginning was the Meaning’. Victor Frankel, a leading psychotherapist of the twentieth century, wrote widely on the concept of meaning, and Richard Boileau here explores his work in the context of spiritual accompaniment.

Margaret ScottAdoremus: Discover a Whole New World
Eucharistic adoration, where the consecrated host is displayed on an altar as a focus for prayer, is a Roman Catholic practice that can seem strange to other Christians. As part of The Way’s ‘Spirituality and Living’ strand, Margaret Scott, who first appreciated the value of this way of prayer before she became a Catholic, explains why it remains important to her.

Maurice Giuliani  - St Ignatius: Embracing the Future
Ignatius of Loyola lived in a century when scientific developments made it possible to measure the passing of time much more accurately than ever before. Maurice Guiliani, in an essay translated from French, argues that a recognition of this fact has important implications for the understanding of Ignatius’ life and thought.

Ian ColemanThe Spiritual Exercises and the Jesuit Baroque
Ian Coleman’s starting point is the contrast between the seemingly austere Spiritual Exercises and the baroque art and culture that accompanied their dissemination and the growth of the Society of Jesus. Understanding the one making the Exercises as part of a worshipping community suggests to him a way of reconciling these contrasting impulses, and leads him to suggest that we should all be more baroque!

Nicholas King SJ - On Not Quenching the Spirit
In the first of two articles reprinted from Thinking Faith, the online journal of the British Jesuits, Nicholas King SJ considers the process of translating the scriptures, taking the Lord’s Prayer as an example. He makes a case for a freedom of approach, even while acknowledging that ‘words matter very much indeed’.  Dr King’s bible translations can be purchased from The Way books.

Joseph A. Munitiz SJTranslating the Our Father
In our second article from Thinking Faith, Joseph Munitiz SJ takes the same text as Nicholas King. For those unskilled in New Testament Greek, comparing different modern translations can be a useful way of reflecting upon the range of meanings that are available, and that together can enrich any appreciation of the scripture.

Gabriel Mary FioreIgnatian Perseverance: Guidance from St Ignatius of Loyola for Those tempted to Abandon a Permanent Vocation
Discernment can lead a person into what, in the sixteenth century at least, were regarded as ‘unchangeable vocations’: marriage, the religious life and priesthood, for example. However, both then and now, some of those following such vocations later abandon them for other paths. Gabriel Mary Fiore asks how the Ignatian tradition deals with these circumstances.

Caroline Worsfold Ministry in Light and Ministry in Darkness: Discerning a Vocation
Light and darkness are key elements in the imagery of the Christian imagination. Those engaged in Christian ministry will inevitably have to deal with both, in their own lives and the lives of those they serve. Caroline Worsfold draws on her experience as a hospice chaplain to explore these twin themes more deeply.

Gem Yecla For the Love of Christ: A Critical Reflection on Two Standards
One of the key contemplations in the Spiritual Exercises, the ‘Two Standards’, seeks a clearer understanding of how the forces of good and evil operate in the everyday world around us. Gem Yecla describes her own experience of praying with this material on retreat, and the effects this has continued to have long afterwards.

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