Ignatian Insight

Reflections on Freedom

BY Ruth

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 15:47

Enjoying the experience of directing a long retreat, 30-days of silence, following the Spiritual Exercises, in North Wales. I am with 6 other ‘youngish’ Jesuits of my generation, accompanying people through the 4 weeks.

Charles of the JRS day centre goes on pilgrimage to Canterbury to raise money for the homeless in London

A Pilgrim Journey to Canterbury

BY Ruth

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:52

Each year at the end of May, The Connection at St Martin in the Fields hold their annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury.

Christ and the Disciples, a statue at Sto Domingo de Silos in Spain, Lawrence Lew OP at flickr.com

Godtalk: Disciples with Different Faces

BY PKnott

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:42

We may say that the gospels, especially Mark, are aware of a great variety of forms of participation in Jesus’ cause. There were the Twelve. There was a broader circle of disciples. There were those who participated in Jesus’ life. There were localized, resident adherents who made their houses available. There were people who helped in particular situations, if only by offering a cup of water. But we must be careful in how we understand this. It does not mean that there are tiers within discipleship, where some are called to a higher holiness and others to a lower one, as if the full gospel applies only to some. When we realize that we are all walking with Christ, albeit at different speeds and occasionally wandering off the path, could it be that we already have enough unity to form one Church - not perfect, but fit for purpose.

Tony, the blog writer, taking a break on his back at the side of the road

You don't choose a life, you live one

BY Ruth

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:26

Continuing the blog from the intrepid Camino walkers from Farm Street Church in aid of Syrian refugees.

Simon and Garfunkel in concert

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail

BY Ruth

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:05

It’s that time of year. Distant voices call for your attention.  Recently it was Glastonbury, but my tent stayed in the cupboard and I stayed home.   Last weekend it was Scotland’s own T in the park, and the adventurous crowds are heading off to Kinross.

Sun breaking through the clouds

Godtalk: A Prodigal God

BY PKnott

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:24

Pope Francis has brought a breath of fresh air into the Church.  There had been a disturbing trend for the embrace of our churches to become less inclusive. We seemed to be requiring a purity and exclusivity not demanded by Jesus in the Gospels.  

Boys of St Ignatius College, Enfield teach in Dodoma, Tanzania

The first day of teaching: Ignatians in Tanzania

BY Ruth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 17:55

A group of boys studying at St Ignatius college in north london travel to Dodoma, Tanzania to learn and to teach...

An image of the mountains in Spain

Who are we? The camino walkers

BY Ruth

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 16:08

I used to have an aunt who wasn't an aunt but a family friend. The only problem with Proxy-Aunt was that no-one could remember whose friend she was or indeed which branch of the family she had previously befriended.

Praying MAGiS particpant via MagisBrasil on Flickr.

Godtalk: A Deeper form of Prayer

BY PKnott

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:12

All life has powerful inner pressures and is not easily thwarted. It shows in the example of plants that push relentlessly and blindly towards their own ends, irrespective of resistance. We naturally tend to want a deeper relationship with God, and this most often happens not in Church, but in our private prayers - our silent gratitude and silent tears.

Michelangelo's Pieta

Raising the Mind and Heart to God

BY Ruth

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:58

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prayer as ‘raising the mind and heart to God’.  For centuries, the Church realised that the arts were one of the best ways of achieving this.  Any list of the greatest artistic achievements of all time will be dominated by religio


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