Putting Out Into the Deep! explores what it means to be a Catholic in the world today
as people engaged in Spiritual Discernment

On Saturday, February 23, 2022 our adult faith development series was graced by the presence of Michael Knox, S.J. a specialist in Church History. Michael has an expertise in the life of St. Ignatius and used this gift to help participants explore spiritual discernment.

Using the life of St. Ignatius as a centre-piece for our spiritual life in general, participants were invited to pay close attention to much of the unfolding of Ignatius life in order to understand the context in which the Spiritual Exercises took shape. Indeed, the notions of Jesus as Lord, and Christians as soldiers for Christ, as well as the place of desolation and consolation in the discernment process take on special meaning when one gains a sense of Ignatius life and experiences. The fact that the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius are a foundation for the churchs notions of discernment and for the practice of engagements in retreats was a new and important insight for many gathered.

Michael Knox, S.J. describes some of the highlights of the life of St. Ignatius

Participants actively engage in dialogue about the significance of Ignatian spirituality for our spiritual lives in general.

The latter part of the day was spent looking at the implications for spiritual discernment for all of us. As a way to help participants make the connections and experience the richness of engagement in the spiritual exercises, Michael led an Ignatian guided prayer and reflection. Participants expressed special appreciation of the richness of this experience.

It was a valuable day for all who participated. Many have expressed a desire to engage in some further forms of Ignatian retreat and prayer as a result of their good experience of this session. Furthermore, it helped to highlight, for all, how essential daily prayer and reflection are to our spiritual life and our ability to discern important directions in life.

The next session will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2022 when Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. will lead an introduction to Scripture: what does it mean to be People of the Word? (613)738-5025 (x217) or [email protected] to register. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Wed., March 26. All are welcome!

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