This month the Jesuits in Britain have been running the 31 Days series, 31 daily messages of Ignatian inspiration and reflection throughout July, leading to the feast of St Ignatius on 31st July.
It has also been looking at the legacy of St Ignatius in Britain, since 1580, by shining a spotlight on the many and varied Jesuit-led projects, including that of St Beuno's. You can still sign up and look at past posts at http://www.jesuit.org.uk/31-days-st-ignatius. The post highlighting St Beuno’s can be found on Day 5. The St Beuno’s post includes pieces on: silent retreats, as spaces where we can be surprised by God; Tim McEvoy, our newest St Beuno’s Team member; St Beuno’s Outreach and Fr Roger Dawson, the Director. There is also something on the Examen prayer, as narrated by former Team member, Sr Renate, as well as a link to former resident, Gerard Manley Hopkins and his most well-known poetry. The photo above shows the altar painting of Ignatius by Julie Winter in the Ignatius chapel, adjacent to the main chapel balcony.
Anticipating the Feast of St Ignatius, here are some Ignatian thoughts for you to ponder...
“ite, inflammate omnia—Go forth and set the world on fire”
Ignatius often ended his letters to Jesuits going to the missions with this expression
“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God”
I have seen four variations of this quote and am yet to discover which is correct. Does anyone out there know?
“To give, and not to count the cost
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will”
This famous prayer may not be attributed to St Ignatius at all, but possibly composed by a French Jesuit for the Scouting movement, cf., A Mysterious Ignatian Prayer, Thinking Faith
“[L]ove ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than in words.... love consists in a mutual sharing of goods, for example, the lover gives and shares with the beloved what he possesses, or something of that which he has or is able to give; and vice versa, the beloved shares with the lover. Hence, if one has knowledge, he shares it with the one who does not possess it; and so also if one has honours, or riches. Thus, one always gives to the other”
Spiritual Exercises, #230
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me”
The radical Suscipe Prayer of Ignatius
“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul”
Spiritual Exercises, 2nd Annotation