“Two things that continue to arise as you pray — gratitude and the sense that there is no such thing as an interruption,” this is the overview of Ignatius of Loyola’s method of praying with Scripture. A method that is not really a method in the modern sense as somehow that implies something mechanical and by further implication — not so lively. Rather, the Greek idea of methodos ‘pursuit of knowledge.’ And a knowledge for what, a knowledge for whom?
For the community of Nashotah House, there is now offered a 12-week Ignatian retreat in pursuing Christ in the ‘Everyday Life.’ Those of us already a bit familiar with both the everyday life and Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) know he was a Christian both involved and engaged in his culture. In the book, Finding Christ in the World, Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ offers this about the method and Ignatius: God cares for us intimately.
These are small words but when we pray them, speak to the Lord about them, telling Him please do go ahead and know me, know my thoughts, know every detail of my conduct, with me realizing there’s not a word in my mouth before You that You don’t already know. . .
While on the go at Nashotah House, in our spiritual formation, our teachings that continue to challenge and bless us, a group of us take this retreat. And we begin by knowing that he knows us already.
Gratitude and the idea that there is no such thing as an interruption. Interruption as we formally saw it now becomes invitation. We pray to know the Lord so we may love him in a more real way, turning the world upside as he moves in us and among us.
Praying all the while to become a more faithful disciple.
By Rebecca Terhune, ’15