a review of Christian spirituality
|October 2012|| Vol 51 No 4|
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Just What Does Hippo Have To Do With Philadelphia?
The relationship between wisdom and knowledge has long been debated by philosophers and others. Thomas Jodziewicz takes up this theme by contrasting the lives and autobiographical writings of Benjamin Franklin and Saint Augustine of Hippo. who are alike in starting from the question of what it is to live a truly good life.
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Many terms are used to describe someone who attempts to help others explore their spiritual experience: director, accompanier, soul-friend and more. Here Sylvie Robert suggests that the image of a midwife assisting at a birth can throw useful light upon aspects of the relationship between the director and the one receiving direction.
‘A Profitable Penance’: Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner and David Jones’s Engravings
The Jesuit house of studies in Oxford, Campion Hall, possesses a set of engravings illustrating Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by the Welsh artist David Jones. Oonagh Walker shows how these might promote reflection upon the themes of sin and reconciliation, and how these themes can challenge the contemporary Church.
Grace Is Often Unexpected
In his letter to the Romans, St Paul makes the surprising assertion that ‘all things work together for good for those who love God’. Drawing on the writings of two winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Dillard and Mary Oliver, Chad Thralls asks how it is possible to make sense of Paul’s claim in a world where ‘bad things happen to good people’.
Frans Kurris is a retired Dutch Jesuit with a long experience in pastoral ministry. Reflecting on a lifetime of living vowed celibacy, he offers a positive account here of a gift from God which needs to be continually nurtured. A culturally creative engagement with the world is, for Kurris, central to this nurturing.
One Foot in Eden: Edwin Muir and Religion Outside Paradise
The writings of the Orcadian poet Edwin Muir were powerfully influenced by both the landscape and the Calvinist Christianity in which he was raised. Later on, marriage and a move away from the Orkneys broadened his outlook. Stephen Platten, the bishop of Wakefield, considers how Muir’s life-story shapes his presentation of ‘religion outside Paradise’.
Pedro Arrupe Remembered
Pedro Arrupe (1907–1991) was undoubtedly one of the most influential, and controversial, Jesuit superiors general ever. Michael Campbell-Johnston worked closely alongside him for almost a quarter of a century, helping to implement their shared vision of ‘a faith that does justice’. Here C-J (as he is always known) offers a personal reminiscence of the man whom he regards as ‘the founder of the modern Society of Jesus’.
Praying without Images: Some Medieval Advice
Imaginative contemplation, often associated with Ignatian spirituality, builds up mental pictures to help the one praying approach God. But some other spiritual traditions take an opposite path, eschewing images altogether. Anne Mouron here presents a medieval text, The Manere of Good Lyvyng, written to guide women religious in this prayer without images. She will shortly be publishing a scholarly edition of the text.
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Benjamín González Buelta SJ, Psalms to Accompany the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, translated by Damian Howard SJ
|This collection consists of a series of contemporary psalms, personal meditations born of the author’s prayer, a life’s journey with the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. González accomplishes something rare, drawing together polarities of modern spirituality that are notoriously hard to integrate: social justice and contemplative interiority, healing and apostolic service, the goodness of transformed humanity and the ugliness of sin, just as he unfailingly puts his poetic finger on experiences which, more often than not, go too deep for words. This book is offered with the intention of helping others to live out and articulate their own experience of the Ignatian Exercises. Countless pilgrims in the Spanish-speaking world have found his words have helped them enter more fully into mystery of Christ. Now, for the first time, González’s uniquely Jesuit gift has been made available to English speakers, so that their spirituality, too, will be nurtured towards an authentically Ignatian experience of God.
ISBN: 978 0 904717 40 2
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