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.
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….