Earlier this year, I began a course in spiritual direction training (Te Wairua Mahi) in the Ignatian tradition.

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was the founder of the Society of Jesus also known as the Jesuits. He is responsible for the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ that have supported thousands of people in their spiritual lives since they were first introduced in his lifetime. He encouraged praying with the use of the imagination, placing oneself in the Gospel scene and conversing with Christ from that place.

 

All creation too speaks to us of God’s presence and can be the ground of prayer, an encounter with mystery and the divine.  

 

I am also familiar with the Taize tradition of singing verses from scripture repetitively to enter a space of quiet reflection and prayer allowing the words to sink deeper and deeper into our hearts. 

 

This collection of verses, I have entitled ‘Ignatian Inspiration’, are not scripture but have been inspired by the insights of St Ignatius to a greater or lesser extent and are repeated in a similar vein to the Taize style. I hope they encourage stillness, insight and an encounter with God in prayer.

MY HEARTS DESIRE

To know my heart’s desire

To know my heart’s desire

Seek his face

Ask the grace

My heart’s desire

ALL IN ALL

 

God is great

God is small

God comes to us all in all

God is great

God is small

God comes to us all in all

 

God is great in mountain grandeur

God is small in candle flame

All creation speaks God’s presence

All creation sings God’s name

 

God is great….

 

Great, small, all in all

Great, small, all in all

 

God is great….

 

God is great in starlight wonder

God is small in insect wing

All of beauty speaks God’s presence

All our hearts in chorus sing

 

God is great….

 

All in all

All in all

All in all

All in all

 

God is great

God is small

God comes to all in all

All in all

All in all

All in all

Bend Low

 

Bend low and kiss the ground

Bend low and kiss the feet

Choose the way of peace

The way that leads to life (3 times)

 

Humble and open

Speak the truth in love

Humble and open

Wisdom from above

 

(Inspired by Pope Francis who kissed the feet of the Sudanese leadership and opposition representatives when they visited Rome for peace talks)

MORE

More always more

More and more and more and more

More to come 

More to feel

And unfold

 

Like a ripple or an echo and a glimpse of light

with the sunrise in the morning to dispel the night

 

More something more

More and more and more and more

What more for you 

What more to do

For such love

 

In our living and our giving

May we serve you more

From the centre of our being

May we love you more

 

More always more, more

 

In our living and our giving

May we serve you more

From the centre of our being 

May we love you more

More always more

More always more

More

MY HEART EMBRACES
THE WORLD

My heart embraces the world

My heart embraces the world

My heart embraces the world

My heart embraces the world

And the goodness of all things

 

(Words of St Therese Courdec, founder of the Cenacle,

steeped in Ignatian Spirituality)

 

Trust

 

Trust

Trust in me, trust the image, trust your tears

Trust

Trust in me, the gift of silence calm your fears

Be still and I know, I speak to your heart

Be still and know, I am here 

 

 

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