Let Us Reflect on the Path before Us
Guide: Contemplatives in Action
This retreat is ending in one sense. In another, it will continue in the way it has changed our lives. Unlike a retreat to a retreat house, we didn’t retreat from our everyday lives. The path before us will be shaped by what new patterns we have developed through these exercises. During this final week, we want to identify the patterns we desire and choose the path before us. The “Prayer to Begin Each Day” gives a sense of our ongoing prayer:
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We owe the inspiration for this retreat to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the author of the Spiritual Exercises. He has been our guide in recognizing God’s invitation to freedom; God’s mercy; God’s plan to save us; God’s invitation that we join Jesus in his mission; and God’s grace in allowing us to come to know, love, and desire to serve with Jesus most intimately. After guiding people through the Exercises, Ignatius would sometimes receive letters complaining that it was difficult to be con¬templative in the midst of a busy life. He would always answer that it was more important to be contemplatives in the midst of action. He explained that for those who had found intimacy with God in prayer, it would be easy to find intimacy with God in all things. He always included one qualifying addition: if they continued to die to self-love and act against whatever tempted them away from freedom to love of others.
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