In August 2015 a prayer group was formed in the parish and meets fortnightly, for an hour, on Tuesday evenings. The structure has its genesis in Ignatian Spirituality. Finding God in all things is at the core of this Spirituality and is rooted in our growing awareness that God can be found in every one, in every place and in everything. When we learn to pay more attention to God, we become more thankful and reverent, and through this we become more devoted to God, more deeply in love with our Creator.
Ignatian spirituality is also a doorway to contemplative prayer and action. When St Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, his goal was for them to be ‘contemplatives in action’. Ignatius learned to reflect upon the events of each day and to become aware of where God had touched him during that day. He discovered that the whole of life was a pilgrimage in which he needed to be attentive and sensitive to the Spirit guiding him. He learned how to share these valuable lessons with women and men who felt a desire to be more generous towards their God; a generosity characterized by love which was manifested more in deeds than words. Today, families, workplaces and communities who embrace Ignatian spirituality and its way of proceeding, continue to be shaped by the dynamic of prayerful reflection on experience, leading to more generous and effective service.
As our daily lives become busier and busier, it becomes hard to find that balance between work, rest and prayer. Jesus and his disciples knew something of this. Everywhere they went crowds pressed in on them asking for healing or prayer or wisdom. They were so busy they barely had time to eat, says the scripture. Jesus understood this and in Mark’s gospel we read that he and his friends forced themselves to stopThe apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. “Come away by yourselves … and rest a while.”
He said to them, It didn’t mean that they cared less about their work, what it did mean was that they allowed time for reflection and rest and that brief time allowed them to go back to work with a renewed zeal. Despite the hurriedness of the modern world we can integrate the Ignatian cycle into our active lives, finding time for contemplation that feeds our activity and vice versa. It’s a must in any faith life. So if you would like to take some quiet time for contemplation and prayer and to become more aware of God’s presence, we would love you to join us at Holy Cross church for one hour on Tuesday evenings.
For further information, email Ann Hoare at: email@example.com