Is spiritual direction a good choice for you at this time? Consider these questions:
Is your more urgent need for a medical evaluation or the services of a therapist or psychiatrist? It’s surprising how many psychological, emotional, and even spiritual struggles can be related to problems with our physical health. Sleep disorders, nutrition deficits, infections or other illness, side-effects of certain medicines, and disordered brain chemistry can result in problems that at first sight appear to be related to spiritual problems such as anxiety, anger, or hopelessness.
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God, who creates me and who loves me,
I open my thoughts to receive you.
I open my heart to welcome you.
I open my eyes to see your possibilities for me.
I open my ears to listen more attentively to my life.
I open my dreams to include wonders beyond my sight.
I open my future to your grace.
I open my struggling soul to your peace.
- Published: Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:59
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Posted: 05 Mar 2014 04:00 AM PST
I’m never quite ready for Ash Wednesday. It’s not like it sneaks up on me—it’s right there on the calendar, and in my work here at Loyola Press I am constantly thinking ahead in order to write material for such major days as Ash Wednesday. But I am rarely personally ready for this day that plunges us into a long season of reflection and preparation. The Lenten weeks lead up to the most significant holy day on the Christian calendar: Easter. How do you prepare for that? How do you live in it?
From Days of Deepening Friendship...
Allow your mind and emotions to roam over memory and bring to you the name and/or face of a wise woman who has touched your life. For a few moments now, hold the name or face of that person in silence and gratitude.
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A Flexible Examen: So Many Ways to Review Your Life Prayerfully
It’s time to introduce some of Loyola Press’s spring books, and they fit the Days of Deepening Friendship mode very well. This week’s book is Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh Ways to Pray from Your Day by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ.
The Examen is a classic Ignatian prayer, consisting of just a few steps to help a person prayerfully review her day, express gratitude for God’s gifts, recognize sins, failings, or struggles, and pray for the next day. What Fr. Thibodeaux does with this prayer is adapt it in 34 different ways, so that, although you are using the basic form of the prayer, you’re able to suit it to specific needs and circumstances. Here’s one example.
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