Author: Juliet MacKellaig

The Ignatian Family in a Worldwide Prayer Vigil

Prayer vigoil pentecots image flameThe Ignatian Family
in a Worldwide Prayer Vigil

 8pm 30th May 2020

Under the umbrella of the Secretary of Faith, an international group of Jesuits and lay companions are working together to prepare this event. We hope that it will bring together our Jesuit and Ignatian networks throughout the world in order to help us to pray and reflect together as an Ignatian family on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

COVID-19 has affected the entire human community. What better response than to pray together, “Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the Earth!” We will pray for God’s Spirit to descend powerfully upon us during a half-hour vigil on May 30.

The Ignatian family includes millions of persons in more than 100 countries. Please join these brothers and sisters of yours, in spirit and in prayer, at this unique moment in human history. 

Report on C of S Ministers’ Retreat

Sanctuary, wisdom, integrity, patience and perseverance, resilience, affirmation and hope.

These were some of the gifts participants received during a five day retreat at the beautiful St Mary’s Monastery, a Redemptorist community, on the outskirts of Perth, Scotland.

The retreat, organised by the Church of Scotland, was advertised as a sanctuary following the spirituality of St Ignatius. Twenty ministers travelled from all over Scotland and even Lausanne, Switzerland to take part.

We met for one hour twice a day and explored different ways of praying following the dynamic of the spiritual exercises.

Relationships within the group developed and deepened over the five days, providing a unique opportunity for significant conversations plus a lot of laughter and fun!

The final session was the high point for me. Retreatants were invited to respond in a few words to their experience over the week and it was clear that the Spirit had been at work!

It was a huge privilege to lead the group and to be a small part in individual journeys.

 

Duncan Hughes, Epiphany Group

SCO series by Epiphany Group member on ISC Lent Retreat

If the Beatitudes can speak to us in any age, they can speak to us now in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, writes SUSAN MANSFIELD, (member of the Epiphany Group ) as she continues the Ignatian Lent Retreat through these extraordinary times.  Read her article in the Scottish Catholic Observer.

Also read her other articles in the series:

Setting out on a prayerful Lent adventure with St Ignatius

Susan Mansfield looks at how the ISC programme created by Ignatius is still helping people today to deepen their Christian Faith.

Being shaped by the hand of God

Shining a flashlight into the darkest of places

A long search for a true an authentic hero

Beatitudes for our troubled times amid COVID-19

Pray as you Stay

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This guide is aimed to support you during this time of self-isolation, uncertainty and fear, which we are all going through.
We find ourselves in new and unknown territory as a global family, bringing confusion and chaos. Therefore, we hope this prayer guide will help you stay close to God as you stay where you are. We hope it will uplift you, give you some ideas for creative prayer, and provide some reflection with scripture, all underpinned by the Ignatian practice of finding ‘God in all things’, wherever you are.
 Above all, we hope that this series will bring you peace and consolation, helping you to know that the Lord is very close.

You can find some other suggested resources here:
www.pathwaystogod.org/self-isolation

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