Jonny Baker offers a brief review of a book I started to read many months ago, but got sidetracked. It might be time to pick it up again… Ignatian Spirituality has long been an important resource in my journey.
Here’s an excerpt from his reflection:
“…Spirituality is a way of living in relationship with God. And in the book martin lays out four things at the heart of Ignatian spirituality - finding God in all things, incarnational spirituality, contemplative action, and freedom and detachment. He is wonderfully honest about his own life. It’s extremely practical and down to earth.
Desire is a big theme - paying attention to your own longings as a means of discerning where god is at work in your life. Prayer is conceived of as friendship with god with some very helpful ways to pray. Some such as the examen, imagining a scene in the gospels, silence are well known but I found it inspiring around prayer. And discernment is a big theme.
The thing I sensed when I was in silence [at St. Beunos in Wales] was that I needed to 'be me' more fully - and there is a whole section in the book on what it means to be you which strongly connects with the theme of desire….”