Energy for journey

October 12, 2011

This quote came from a friend of mine, Mike Patin.  I thought it fit well with the Ignatian Wisdom piece on being a Contemplative in Action from yesterday.  

Reformed Spirituality)

“Our prayer becomes the force that empowers us to engage the world.  We move back and forth between being renewed in silence and quiet by ourselves, reading the Bible and praying, and then carrying that new energy out into the world with vigor.  This back-and-forth pattern is a central way in which the spiritual experience of the individual is related to the activity of the disciple.  The movement back and forth may be daily or weekly, or it may follow some other pattern.  Some people are so heavily involved with the world that they find it necessary to take a day a month for personal retreat.”

How do you experience and live out this back and forth pattern in your life?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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