Today's Ignatian Reflection

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,” Jesus promises us today.  How are we to interpret such a saying of our Lord?  I’m not sure, but it seems to me that we are meant to be aware of this: truth will be made manifest.  Christ is the One who reveals the truth of our existence and our world.  The Father has put His Son–the Light of the World–upon the proverbial “lampstand,” in order “that those who enter may see the light.”

In the rush for power, pleasure, and prestige, we often forget or obscure the truth.  However, Jesus tells us that the truth is out there.  The truth will be made known.  And we can abide in God, who is Truth.  Then the meaning of our lives will be illuminated and we can be one “who thinks the truth in his heart.” Where do we need the Lumen Christi, the Light of Christ, to shine and overcome any darkness now?

September 22nd, 2014

From the Spiritual Exercises Blog

The Contemplation to Attain Divine Love

April 22, 2014 |

Grace: An intimate knowledge of the many blessings received, that filled with gratitude for all, I may in all things love and serve the Divine Majesty.

Text for Prayer: Spiritual Exercises no. 230-237

Reflection: In the meditation upon sin, we made reference to Dante’s vision of hell, a cold, desolate place where the fire of love has been extinguished and all lies in a spiritual torpor.  This is the perfect image of the heart grown cold to the stirrings of love which God places within it.  At the opposite end of Dante’s journey lies a vision that perfectly encapsulates the final meditation of the Spiritual Exercises, the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love.  From the lowest reaches of the spiritual universe, Dante ascends to the heights of heaven, where he views “the love that moves the sun and the other stars.”  At the heart of the universe lives the Trinitarian God, whose perfect love draws all being into an ordered symphony of praise.  Dante feels himself drawn into this harmonic vision through the enflaming of his passions and desires.  No one with eyes to see can sit impassively at the vision of God’s love.  From the disordered state in which Dante had fallen at the beginning of the poem, he becomes progressively cleansed of his disordered affections through the grace of God and the intercession of Beatrice until finally he is able to pass through the heavens and stand in the presence of God.  But notice that Dante only sees God’s depths after he has been interiorly transformed.

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