Last week I was reminded of the power of silence in our lives. A group of staff participated in an Ignatian Formation experience at Sevenhill which has a large silent component built into each day.
The real power of silence is how it heightens the other senses. When we are silent, we hear, feel, see and even taste more, it enables us to notice. St Ignatius believed strongly in conversation; with God, with each other and with creation. But Ignatius also knew and taught that the art of conversation is listening, and sustained silence allows listening to occur.
The group also spent time focussing on how their experience of prayer, contemplation, conversation and listening during the retreat could assist them in their vocation. It was a time for reflection and evaluation as well as building relationships with each other and with God. We are extremely fortunate to be part of a community that values reflective virtues which affect all we do in our lives.
This link is another insight into how listening can help you find God. Click HERE
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent. The Ignatian Spirituality website (click HERE) has several resources to assist you in prayer and reflection during Lent.
I invite you to open this link and I’m sure you will find a way of praying during the coming weeks that will resonate with you.
Mrs Jacquie McCabe
Head of Ignatian Ethos