The Way: working alongside God

llumination from a French manuscript of Augustine, City of God, c.1475
llumination from a French manuscript of Augustine, City of God, c.1475

The issue of The Way for July 2019 is now available

WORKING ALONGSIDE GOD

Contents

Gem Yecla, Co-Creation Spirituality: Participating in God’s Ongoing Work of Creation through Spiritual Direction and the Spiritual Exercises

All human beings are called to work alongside God in the world. One way of understanding this call is to think of ourselves as co-creators with the supremely creative God. Here Gem Yecla explores the implications of this mode of understanding, with particular reference to the work of offering spiritual direction to others.
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Teresa White, A Single Word

In Europe, numbers visiting cathedrals continue to rise, some drawn by fine architecture, some by a palpable sense of history. In Teresa White’s case, a summer visit to the great Gothic cathedral of Amiens in France, and particularly a contemplation of its sixteenth-century choir stalls, led her to a deeper appreciation of the richness of the idea of faith.

Karen Howard, Cultivating Silence in Lifelong Faith Formation

How would you react to an invitation to spend a day in silence, off-line and with nothing to read? You might relish the idea, or face it with trepidation. Karen Howard reflects on a number of ways in which she has led people into silence, not as a means of avoiding communication but rather as a way to deepen and focus it.

Francis Pudhicherry, Five Concentric Circles in the Process of Discernment

Towards the end of his life Ignatius of Loyola dictated an autobiography. This was done not simply to inform his followers of the facts of his life story, but also to help them see more clearly what it meant to follow his particular pathway to God. Francis Pudicherry offers a reading of the Autobiography focusing on what it can teach about the process of discernment.

Kathleen Taylor, Encounter with Hinduism

An important innovation of the Second Vatican Council was a reshaping of ways in which the church viewed other religions. Its document Nostra Aetate states clearly that they ‘often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all’ mentioning specifically in this context Hinduism. Kathleen Taylor shows what this might mean through a reading of Hindu sacred texts.

Phil Callaghan, Love What You Do: Discipleship and Work

One of the principal concerns of Catholic social teaching is employment, and what it is to treat workers justly and with dignity. In an article reprinted from Thinking Faith, Phil Callaghan looks at how this teaching addresses issues such as unemployment, the growth of ‘zero-hours’ contracts and the lack of respect afforded to what are commonly regarded as menial jobs.

Carlos Dominguez, Resistance to Accepting the Cross: Some Reflections based on Psychology and Ignatian Anthropology

Most today would agree that it is psychologically healthy to avoid suffering where possible, or at least not actively to seek it out. Yet the Christian gospel places the cross at the centre of its narrative. In an article that originally appeared in Manresa, a Spanish sister journal to The Way, Carlos Dominguez presents a ‘just account of the attitude of a Christian to … suffering’.

Jane of Mary Khin Zaw, Balancing Work and Leisure

In our ‘Spirituality and Living’ strand, writers are asked specifically to draw on their own experience. Jane Khin Zaw, a Carmelite sister who was born in Burma, reflects on ways in which her experience of work, and her efforts to balance this with appropriate leisure, have led her to a deeper understanding of the nature of God.

Robert E. Doud, Hope and the Courage to Become and Overcome

‘'Hope makes heroes’' Robert Doud argues here that the theological virtue of hope is inextricably linked to courage, and to the ability to encourage, to inspire hope in others. Yet ultimately our hope is not rooted in our own efforts, but in the incarnation of God become human, drawing all things to himself, in what the Jesuit philosopher Teilhard de Chardin called the ‘Omega point’.

Marion Morgan, Mission through the RCIA

In recent years the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) has largely replaced individual instruction as the Roman Catholic Church’s preferred method of bringing adult converts or enquirers towards baptism. The great variety of such people demands that a flexible approach be taken here, as Marion Morgan demonstrates.

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