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Offline jvk

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Ignation Retreat at home?
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:23:37 PM »
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  • I'm looking for some advice here.

    I'd like to do the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius at home.  I've never been on a retreat, but would really like to attempt at least some--if not all-- of the precepts in the book.  I know that ideally one needs to shut out the world and all distractions, however, I'm a mother with 10 children and live on a small homestead/farm.  Keeping that in mind, any suggestions on how to incorporate these exercises into my daily life would be appreciated.

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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
    « Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 11:21:22 PM »
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  • I'm looking for some advice here.

    I'd like to do the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius at home.  I've never been on a retreat, but would really like to attempt at least some--if not all-- of the precepts in the book.  I know that ideally one needs to shut out the world and all distractions, however, I'm a mother with 10 children and live on a small homestead/farm.  Keeping that in mind, any suggestions on how to incorporate these exercises into my daily life would be appreciated.

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    Try a family retreat. Pick simple spiritual readings that teach simple truths, like trusting in Divine Providence,

    It is most important that the family learn  to be in the Presence of God through silence.

    If the children can learn to talk quietly, walk quietly, not bang dishes, and not fight, you will have accomplished more than most families.

    For one week, try to avoid answering all phone calls, visiting the internet, and listening to the TV, and radio.

    Have an emergency ring if something important comes up with relatives.
    Like a three ring call, followed by another three ring call, then followed by another three rings, which you then answer.

    Start slowly, by having a weekend day of recollection. One day one week,  then two days the following week, then three days each weekend.

    A family retreat can also be held when on vacation. That is the best solution.
    However, it is most important to tell friends and relatives that you will be on a special vacation of silence.

    Lord have mercy.


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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
    « Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 11:48:27 PM »
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  • Well, the key is in teaching you HOW to engage in mental prayer and meditation.  If you could do about 3 of the Ignatian meditation exercises throughout the day, you'll receive much fruit.

    I think, though, that it would be very helpful to start with an Ignatian retreat conducted by a trained director.

    Mental prayer is much more than doing spiritual reading, nor is it just about being silent and recollected (although that can certainly help).  You need to engage your senses at first and then your intellect and will, and there's a rather precise method about how to get started with this.

    If you could incorporate 3 15-minute blocks of meditation / mental prayers into your day, that would be of tremendous benefit.  Try to do one first thing in the morning, then another around mid-day, and the third in the evening.

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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
    « Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 11:56:08 PM »
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  • Silence is key.

    The practice of silence needs to be accomplished first.

    Without silence, it is impossible to meditate or reflect on simple scripture verses.

    The passage from the Old Testament comes to mind.

    God is the quiet still voice that can only be heard in silence.

    Teach the children to be silent first, and to lay aside all earthly cares.


    However, silence without control of the passions is devastating.
    If the mind is actively condemning others and finding fault -- this is not silence.
    Silence is resting in the Lord.
    Silence is praising the Lord.
    Silence is thanking the Lord for every breath, for every opportunity to repent.
    Silence is walking quietly so as not to disturb the recollection and silence of others.
    Silence is patience, is kind, is being in the presence of God.
    Lord have mercy.

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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
    « Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 05:47:44 AM »
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  • Jvk, I don't see how it would be possible to retreat when you have 10 small children, unless there is some fairy godmother to come in and take over your heavy responsibilities. Is there any possibilty of that happening? 

    There are always constant demands from children, and I believe you are homeschooling as well.

    Meanwhile, courage! Is there ever a quiet time in your day when you can read, say the Letters of St Paul, making it a regular daily exercise, or someting along those lines, as long as it is regular.

    Do you have a quiet space somewhere?

    I know it may not be a source of much spiritual nourishment, but consider that your mothering is serving an excellent purpose as expressed in 1 Timothy 2 [15] Yet she shall be saved through childbearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety.

    Hang in there. Your reward will be great indeed!  :pray:


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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
    « Reply #5 on: July 10, 2019, 03:30:38 PM »
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  • Thank you for all the good ideas and suggestions.  I've already started incorporating them.   

    Ladislaus--great idea about breaking it up.  15 minutes is do-able!  

    Nadir--You're right; I do homeschool.  As a result, I've seriously neglected my own spiritual duties.  How can I ever expect to raise Catholics who will remain faithful to Our Lord and become saints if I don't provide a better example?  Something happened the other day that awakened me to the need to change my spiritual direction.  NOW. 

    Maria R--Love your suggestion about silence :)  What a blessing that would be!  First I need to learn it myself, though.  

    Please keep me in your prayers.  I find that I have to dig myself out of a pig trough of lukewarmness, and it's not going to be easy!  


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    Re: Ignation Retreat at home?
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  • I would suggest an early rise, while all are sleeping. I was just noting to my wife this morning how 4-4:30 AM is a beautiful time of quiet: no cars, no lawn mowers, no children...and this is when typically the birds begin to sing and the wind blowing through the trees is audible.
    I just returned myself from my first St. Ignatius retreat (what a blessing!) and it was suggested that I strive for at least ten minutes a day in meditation.
    I would avoid using the Ignacian Spirituality site for information.
    I hope this helps, and either way make the commitment to it regardless. Perhaps asking our holy mother for the grace of just a few minutes would also help.

     

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