Today's Ignatian Reflection

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

The Greek philosopher, Plato, devoted a good deal of time to listening to music. Plato was quite certain that listening to music could move us to our depths.  Music could also, without our noticing it, corrupt our souls by attuning us to patterns of emotional disorder. Plato warned us that we should never underestimate the power of the music to which we listen.

Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear” and “take care what you hear.” Let us examine the kind of music to which we have been listening. How many hours do we spend listening to music on our smart phones and other electronic devices? Perhaps, it’s time to spend more time listening to God’s voice. Can you try to listen to God’s voice with great attention for five or ten minutes every day?

January 29th, 2015

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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