Today I just finished a 5 week journey to the cross using the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. With the help of Larry Warner’s book, “Journey with Jesus: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius” and my spiritual director I’ve been encountering the person of Jesus, fostering a deeper relational knowledge of Jesus and cultivating a desire and freedom to say yes to Jesus. These past 5 weeks I’ve been praying for the grace to sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, with tears and interior suffering because of the suffering that Christ endured for me. The Ignatian way of prayer is an invitation to enter into the stories of Jesus including his journey to the cross in order to feel what Jesus and the other characters might have been feeling. Since I am a person who has primarily been an ‘in my head guy’ this has been a much needed challenge. I’m learning to use my imagination and get in touch with my feelings which is leading to spiritual growth. Tomorrow I begin a 4 week section in the Ignatian Exercises entitled “Resurrection of Jesus”. The grace I will be seeking is the ability to rejoice and be intensely glad because of the great glory and joy of Jesus, my (our) risen Lord. While entering into the joy of the resurrection I will also be affirming the reality of the crucifixion, for there is no resurrection of Jesus without the crucifixion.
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