Sunday, August 12, 2007

Retreat (Part 2): Early Morning to Early Evening





I read one book, off and on, while I was on retreat: Walking in the Spirit: A Reflection on Jeronimo Nadal's Phrase "Contemplative Likewise in Action" by Joseph F. Conwell, S.J. It's a combination history of the early Jesuits, biography of Jerome Nadal (who, while not one of the earliest of the Society, was a significant member and prolific writer in the years immediately preceeding and following the death of Ignatius) and treatise on prayer. I copied several sections into my journal, including the following:

"To insist on a Trinitarian orientation to prayer does not set limits on prayer but gives it a field of play broader than all creation. At the same time, fully Trinitarian prayer plants one's feet squarely on the earth. If a [person] grasps a Trinity-pervaded universe, then that grasp generates not merely a vision, a wonderment, an overwhelming gasp at the beauty and grandeur of it all; it initiates an immensely practical surging forward to meet and tangle with a world in revolt against that beauty and grandeur and love. Love born out of love moves to love."












5 comments:

mompriest said...

"Love born out of love moves to love." That's a wonderful phrase to meditate on.

LawAndGospel said...

I agree. I was really drawn to this phrase ( and great pictures). I think I will let this phrase sik in some more for me.

Mrs. M said...

Spectacular. Thank you.

more cows than people said...

ooh... fabulous quote and beautiful pictures.

i'm way behind on your blog. just catching up now.

Kathryn said...

I'm just catching up and delighted to find a week's worth of posts. I plan on savoring them.