Ignatian Wisdom #7: First Week

September 27, 2011

In August, I wrote the following reflection for Charis Ministries‘ quarterly e-newsletter:  

What is the First Week about?? The entire first week of the Spiritual Exercises is dedicated to reflecting on sin in our lives and in our world. Ignatius is inviting us to comprehend sin not with our heads, but with our hearts . To see sin as God sees sin.

“Ignatius always looks at sin within the context of God’s love.” -David Flemming, S.J. (What Is Ignatian Spirituality?)

Through praying with the various scriptures suggested for the first week of the Exercises, we come to understand that even though we are sinful people, God still loves us and offers us forgiveness. 

Our understanding of sin in the First Week also parallels a commitment to continue to follow Christ. During the First Week, Ignatius offers us te opportunity for the imaginative prayer of praying with Jesus on the cross. As we reflect on this image, we ask ourselves three very important questions….
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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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  1. Alan Forbes

    To rest the rest… link is broken


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