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Dear Friends in the Lord,
Fr. Ramon Maria Luza Bautista, SJ, once said, "the gifts of the founders are the gifts of the members." As CLC members, we live as part of the Ignatian family, and we inherit the gifts of St. Ignatius. Most significantly, we inherit his Spiritual Exercises, which are "the specific source and the characteristic instrument of our spirituality." (GP, 5)
In preparation for the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the CLCP Formation Institute invites you to a month-long journey of prayer and reflection designed to help us grow in union with the poor and humble Christ and in faithfulness to our apostolic mission.
For the month of July, we will be posting materials through our social media accounts and website that will aid us in becoming more like our Lord in bringing apostolic sense to our daily lives. We hope this will be a time of entering more deeply into the spiritual method of St. Ignatius so that we live our CLC vocation with greater passion and conviction.
As one community, let us thank the Lord for the gift of St. Ignatius, whose generosity and magnanimity in responding to God's invitation has given birth to our community.
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We begin our journey with this prayer by St. Ignatius.
Take and Receive
Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola
This is a prayer of a disciple who begs the Lord to grant him the grace of the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises: to see Him more clearly, to love Him eternally, and to follow His footsteps. As we start our month-long preparation for the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, let us beg the Lord to grant us the same grace.
What is your cannonball experience? How is God speaking to you through this experience?
Which parts of my life am I willing to surrender to God's will?
Look deeply into the eyes of Christ. Listen to the deepest desire of your heart. Reflect on the words of Jesus to his disciples: "Who do people say that I am?" (Mark 8:27)
In this video about St. Ignatius of Loyola, Cardinal Tagle invites us to examine our conscience and ask ourselves, "Dadalhin ba ako ng aking mga gawa at salita sa ikabubuti ng aking kaluluwa o ihahatid ba ako nito sa kawalan ng direksyon sa buhay? If I believe that I am doing his will already, what can I do more?"
May we allow ourselves to be inspired by the prayers of Ignatius of Loyola, so that we may truly become more generous and surrender ourselves to God just like him and Jesus.
When we look at the history of our community since its inception as Sodality of Our Lady in 1563 until it adopted its current name as Christian Life Community in 1967, our attention is called to the "initiative of the Holy Spirit who distributes gifts and graces by which all the faithful can contribute to the building up of the Church" (Lumen Gentium, 12).
As we continue our preparation for the feast of St. Ignatius, the Formation Institute will be featuring in the coming days articles and reflections which, we hope and pray, would help our senior members realize that the grace of the Lord remains even as they grow older.
Five Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality for the Aging
by Barbara Lee (ignatianspirituality.com)
(An excerpt from "Moments to Remember: Ignatian Wisdom for Aging" by Sr. Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ and Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ)
Who are your family or community saints who continue to inspire and accompany you? With the help of your memory and imagination, and drawing upon your belief that they share in the "Communion of Saints," have a conversation with them.
The General Principles of the Christian Life Community succinctly states that "Our Community is made up of Christians: men and women, adults and youth, of all social conditions who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with him for the building of the Kingdom...." (GP 4). This shows that our community is open to all classes of people without discrimination.
In the next three days our reflection will focus on three of the many sectors that comprise our society: the youth, those who experienced and are experiencing rejection in one way or another, and the family.
A Prayer for When I Feel Rejected
by James Martin, SJ
The prayer Anima Christi is commonly attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, but historians say that it predates him more than a century ago. Ignatius loved this prayer so much that he made it the opening prayer of the Spiritual Exercises.
You may want to just pray the text of the Anima Christi or you may listen to the song of the same title arranged by our very own Tinnah dela Rosa (Compassio CLC).
In an article on thinkingfaith.org entitled "A Mysterious Ignatian Prayer", Fr. Jack Mahoney, SJ wrote that the "Prayer for Generosity" often attributed to Ignatius was composed by a French Jesuit named Fr. Jacques Senvin, SJ in about 1910 and found its way in French prayer books as 'the scouts' prayer'.
You may want to pray the text of the Prayer for Generosity or just listen to the song of the same title by Bukas Palad Ministry.
"What do I have to share with God?"
Ignatius suggests an answer in Contemplatio Ad Amorem. Here is one of the greatest moments of the Spiritual Exercises. The answer is the prayer known as the Suscipe, the Latin word for "receive".
You may want to pray the text of "Take and Receive" or just listen to the song of the same title.