|July 2016|| Vol 55 No 3|
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Obstacles to Good Listening
Robin Daniels worked for four decades as a Jungian analyst. Since his recent death his widow, Katherine, has been preparing a manuscript he wrote, entitled Heart to Heart Listening, for publication. In this extract Daniels invites the reader to reflect on what constitutes ‘good’ listening, the obstacles that hinder this, and how it might best be put into practice.
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Mary: A New Perspective
For those who come to it first as adults, the devotion offered to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in some parts of the Christian Church can seem excessive, even bordering on the blasphemous. In this article Marion Morgan traces the development of her own relationship with Mary, which has grown from tentative beginnings to an appreciation of her as mother and as a female role model.
Praying the Rosary
A set of rosary beads can be seen as a quintessential feature of traditional Roman Catholicism, partially eclipsed by new prayers and devotions growing up after the Second Vatican Council, yet always available for rediscovery. In this article an anonymous author describes what the rosary has meant to her over many years, and how the practice might be further developed.
Robert E. Doud
Anne Carr, Sparrows, and the Spirituality of Providence
Talking about the providence of the God whom he knew as Abba, Father, Jesus used the image of a single sparrow whose death does not escape the divine notice. For Anne Carr, a US theologian and teacher who suffered from a recurrent brain tumour, this was an image that spoke powerfully. Robert Doud traces the roots of her writing on this theme.
Michel de Certeau and the Spirituality of St Ignatius
Michel de Certeau was, Dominique Salin claims, ‘one of the five most outstanding Jesuits of the twentieth century’. Originally a historian of spirituality, he later combined this with studies in psychoanalysis, sociology and semiotics. For a number of years he edited Christus, the journal in which this article was first published. It traces the influence of Ignatian spirituality on his thought.
Breaking Down the Dividing Wall
In the Our Father Jesus encourages us to ask that our sins may be forgiven ‘as we forgive those who trespass against us’. Even in situations of abundant good will, it may be decades before such forgiveness can firmly take root. Yaaro Lesjay uses an imagined dialogue between a priest and a theologian to describe what such a process of coming to reconciliation might look like.
Personal Resurrection into the Mystical Body of Christ
In recent decades Christians have frequently been criticized for focusing on personal salvation to the detriment of corporate engagement in combatting social evil. Joseph Bracken uses St Paul’s image of the Mystical Body of Christ to argue for a more communitarian understanding of life after death, with sharp implications for the way in which Christian discipleship is lived here and now.
On Foot with St. Ignatius of Loyola: My Experience of the Camino Ignaciano
In recent years a new pilgrimage route, the Camino Ignaciano, has been developed in northern Spain to complement the better-known Camino de Santiago. Such routes can be walked in different ways: as a holiday-maker, for the sake of fitness, or as a spiritual exercise. Oscar Momanyi reflects on what it means to make such a journey as a pilgrimage, and how its effects persist in everyday life subsequently.
The Question of Miracles: A Case for Evidence Based Medicine?
In much of the contemporary world, science offers the paradigm of reliable knowledge. The occurrence of miracles, which, by definition, fall beyond the realm of science, challenges this paradigm. Here Una Canning, a public health analyst, offers a personal exploration of how these two different ways of looking at the world might be brought into fruitful conversation.
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János Lukács SJ, Ignatian Formation: The Inspiration of the Constitutions
|Preparation for apostolic life appears in the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus as an engaging and demanding experience. It is driven by the desire to attach oneself to Christ who is active in our world today.
St Ignatius of Loyola in the sixteenth century provided a refreshingly original vision of religious formation. He conceived vocation as ‘a pathway to God’, a dynamic of spiritual and human growth that unfolds in an ever deepening relationship with God.
How can the originality of the powerful Ignatian vision become effective today? How do successive formation environments provide support and challenge at each stage? How can social, intellectual and other human capacities develop in a way that they enhance a dynamic of growth and integration into an apostolic body?
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