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IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

I have not yet seen Silence, the historical drama directed by Scorsese and starring, among others, Liam Neeson from Northern Ireland. But I gather it is an excellent film and is based on the Spiritual Exercises (1522–1524) of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The film depicts the journey of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was banned in Japan. The priests witness the kind of horror and violence Christians were subjected to in Japan and have to face the oppression themselves.

As the Spiritual Exercises formed the bed-rock of my own novitiate days, my mind has been thrown back nearly 70 years.

In his "Exercises" Ignatius encourages us to consider what Jesus said and did and his life was one of prayer and a continuous search for how best to live as an authentic human being before a loving God. Jesus preached forgiveness, healed the sick and gave hope to the poor, to those socially and economically outcast. He spoke of joy, peace, justice and love; he summoned men and women from all classes of society to continue to follow his way to God and his commitment to helping people become whole and holy.

I'm afraid I have failed to live up to that very high standard and haven't much time left! I better get down to it.

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That's the man I know and revere as my prophet. :o)

I suspect you are too hard on yourself.
That's the man I know and revere as my prophet. :o)

I suspect you are too hard on yourself.