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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

INSCAPE No. 7 : DECEMBER,I9B6

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be always with you! In the name of the members of our Contemplative Ministries' team,Clarence,Annie,Lisa,Ellie,June and Ken,as we approach this blessed season of Christmas,! wish to offer you and your family our humble prayers and love to God that you may "be strengthened with the power through the Spirit for the development of your inner selves,and to have Christ dwelling throuah faith in your hearts,and to be rooted and grounded in love. Thus will you have the power to grasp fully,together with all the saints,what is the breadth and length and height and depth of this mystery,and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowing,in order that you may be perfected and bring to realization God's fullness" (Eph 3:16-19). I have chosen as the topic of this month's important teaching the discernment of spirits. Have you noticed more and more in your ow...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS One of the essential elements of our spiritual life is the ability to discern which movements of our "spirit” are from God's Spirit and which come from "ungodly” spirits. In the Old Testament there were true and false prophets. In the New Testament there were dissensions and various opposing teachers and practices. Throughout Christianity seers and visionaries have appeared with messages from God or the Blessed Virgin,only to be proved to be hysterics. The Catholic Church,therefore, has been cautious of private revelations from people who claim, "God told me to tell y0u..." It has developed over 2,000 years of experience in discernment a large body of solid,prudent teachers who through their writings give us ways to discern the movements of various "spirits" in order that we may always be guided in prudence and discretion by God's Spirit and not by any opposing or contradictory spirits. St.lgnatius,founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits),has given us in ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THY WILL BE DONE [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

THY WILL BE DONE The secret of a happy and successful Christian life is to do each thought,word and deed out of love for God. It is to seek always as Jesus Christ did in His earthly life to please His Heavenly Father in all things. Love is proved by deeds,but not just any deeds. The deeds that please God are deeds accomplished according to His holy will. The deeds are important as signs of our submission totally in love to please Him. If we love another,we must want to please that person in all things best for that person. Jesus tells you keep my commandments,you shall abide in my love. Even as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love" (Jn 15:10). But what does "doing the will" of God mean? In His earthly life Jesus strove always to keep the commandments of the Heavenly Father, "...not my will,but thine be done" (Lk lt is clear that many areas of His life were seen clearly by Him as commands of the Father. Cost Him personally whatever price,even His own life,He obe...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
EVALUATING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

EVALUATING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES Before we look at discernment of spirits in our major choices or decisions that will determine a radical change in the way we choose to serve in God's Kingdom, let us look at various criteria for evaluating the differences in moods,feelings ,attractions and our way of discerning which psycho-somatic manifestations are truly from the Spirit of God. The first step in discernment is to be able sensitively to see differences of interior movements on the psychic and spiritual levels that take place in prayer. The disciplines of journaling and the evening examen are helps in getting in touch with such "feelings." In his Autobiography, St.lgnatius of Loyola describes his first experience in discernment of spirits. He was being drawn by God away from his worldly life as a gallant solider to move toward a possible life of total dedication to God’s service. He still dreamed of knightly adventures by which he would win the hand of a beautiful lady. Such thought...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
MYSTICAL GUIDELINES [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

MYSTICAL GUIDELINES The true teachers of all Christian mysticism have always insisted on caution and discernment in judging the source of any mystical experiences. Their first and constant insistence is that visions,voices,levitation, odors and sweet tastes in the mouth with gentle touches by angelic messengers were never to be sought for in prayer. Such balanced teachers were quite una&4imous in stressing humility and compunction as the true touchstones of a religious experience with no attention given to the psychic effects. They knew,as they opened up their psyche through altered states of consciousness in deeper prayer,that there could be subjective deviations in judgment,memory and attention. Voices often could be distinctly heard. Visions of the saints,of Jesus Christ,of their beloved deceased could occur. They were very wary that such phenomena never be construed as a sign of sanctity or even the measure of progress in prayer. The words of St. John of the Cross mu...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
IS PEACE ALWAYS FROM GOD? [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

IS PEACE ALWAYS FROM GOD? Another criterion of deeper prayer must be used to determine whether the sense of peace and oneness with God really comes from ourselves or other sources or indeed from the Holy Spirit.We must in deeper prayer,as we yield more of our own doing to the doing of the Holy Spirit, to be on our guard that we do not render ourselves vacuously empty. There is a true emptying of our own power to come to know God through our own efforts. But there is a higher,inner activity that absorbs us. It is an active receptivity that now commands our attention. It is a loving waiting in faith,hope and love on the indwelling Trinity. It is a stretching forth in deeper,more humble self-surrender to God. God is the center of all our strivings,never ourselves.At times a false peace can cover over areas of our lives that need to be reckoned with in the presence of God for healing before we can go on to a deeper union with God.By focusing on how peaceful we are in moments of prayer r...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Another criterion for deciding whether we are truly meeting God in spiritual experiences is found in the traditional teaching of St. Paul who applies the saying of Jesus,"You will know them by their fruits," (Mt 7:20),t0 discern the working of the Holy Spirit."But the fruit of spiritual ideals is love, j oy,peace,long-suffering,af fability,goodness,fidelity,gentleness,self-control• Against such there is no 1aw...1f we live by spiritual ideals,let us conduct ourselves by these ideals" (Ga 5:22-26). But it is not always very easy to measure the fruit produced to discern whether the Holy Spirit is truly operating in one’s life. Each fruit given by St. Paul can be mistaken for other reactions that do not indicate the action of the Spirit nor which do not flow out of love. How often seeming patience can be a cloak for apathy,affability for crowd acceptance,long-suffering for cowardliness. We must be aware of the principle in the spiritual life that the signs ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
WHAT TO DO? [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

WHAT TO DO? Let us now turn to the other important aspect of discernment,namely, a method whereby we can discover God’s loving will drawing us to make a choice of major importance. I rely on the well-know method of St.lgnatius as outlined in the Spiritual Exercises on his rules of discernment in time of an "election." There surely are other methods that are equally as useful. All of us have faced and will perhaps face major decisions in our lives. We become very confused as we don’t know which way to turn,what choice to make. Perhaps two alternatives confront you. A young widow wonders whether she should marry or remain single. A priest or nUn after years of one form of apostolate may be confronted with a change of activity,to switch from teaching to a more direct pastoral ministry or to volunteer to work among the poor in a foreign land. Any process of discernment presupposes a desire to find peace by resolving the possibilities facing a person. To seek God’s help is,as we already ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
WAYS OF MAKING A DECISION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

WAYS OF MAKING A DECISION I.St.lgnatius gives as the first and clearest way to arrive at a decision the case when God dramatidally enters into our lives and we are deeply "pushed" in one certain direction,as St. Paul experienced Christ’s powerful intervention in his conversion on the way to Damascus (ftc 22:6-16). 2. The second way consists in a less dramatic divine intervention,yet one which brings about a deep sense of peace or rightness about a decision that does not have present other "competing" possibilities. In such a case a spiritual director can be of assistance to assure you and give you trust about what has been so clear without a lengthy process of discernment. 3. The third and usual method for discerning the "best" choice according to God’s attractions takes place when you find yourself very confused and disturbed as to what choice to make since there are pro and con arguments for and against two or more choices.

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
TO REACH A STATE OF DETACHMENT [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

TO REACH A STATE OF DETACHMENT Ignatius gives us three exercises to give us a larger perspective of vi- sion for the most adequate choice,l)lmagine yourself on your deathbed and see what choice you would have wished to have made.2)Picture yourself before the judgment seat of God,How would you like to have decided "back there"? 3»lmagine yourself helping someone else to come to a decision similar to yours,What ad- vice would you give#

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
A MORE RATIONAL APPROACH [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

A MORE RATIONAL APPROACH When the choice is very complex and time is available for further prayer,you can take the following steps,preferably under a spiritual director, 1, Gather all necessary information that would help you in your choice. This may consist in taking a personality and aptitude test,dialoging with your intimate friends,seeking information from experts in a field about which you are relatively uninformed but which would touch your choice, 2, Consider the Sons or the negative factors,writing them down in a first column, 3*Write down the pros or positive elements of your choice. prayerfully first the negative list;then the positive one. Then in prayer compare the two. Record how you feel "living" with your tentative choice, s*Finally make the decision clearly and in well-defined terms of action to be taken to implement the choice made. 6. A word on "peace" that may or may not come with your decision. If you feel not only a lack of peace but doubt,step back and choose t...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986
Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Page 10 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 December 1986

TAPES The following tapes are available for $4.00 each,postage is included. Write:Clarence Dionne: 3112 Concord Ave.; Alhambra,Ca 91803. I.Spiritual Direction in the Deeper Reaches of the Spiritual Life:Mol3. 2. How to Listen to God:Mo2B. 3. Discernment of Spirits:SDl2. 4. Relationship between the Director and Directee: SDO6. 5. Guiding the Diretee into a Deeper Prayer Life: SDO7. 6. Relationship Between the Directee and God:SDOB. 7.lntimacy with God and the Directee:SDo9. B.Reflective Healing:Ml39. VIDEO-CASSETTES If you are interested in a video-series of VHS tapes of a recent weekend retreat given by Fr^Maloney,order from Mrs. June Culver; 7820 Bolsa Ave.;Midway City,CA 92655. Total cost including postage : #35. The individual conferences run about 50 minutes. CALLED TO INTIMACY 1. The intimate Ecstasy of God 2. You are created for Happiness 3. The Holy Spirit Creates Presence 4. Eucharistic Presence 5. Listening to the Inner Word 6. Doing All Things in Love 7. Releasing God's Pr...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Masthead [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

INSCAPE No . 8 : JANUARY,I9B7

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ ,the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be always with you! On behalf of CONTEMPLATIVE MINISTRIES I would like to extend to each of our friends our gratitude for your prayerful and financial support of our ministries. May the triune God bless you and all your loved ones with His abundant gifts during this new year of 1987! After many retreats and lectures on prayer given by me around Canada and the U.5.,1 see many Christians very desirous of entering into deeper prayer and greater union with the indwelling Trinity. Yet through inadequate understanding of the dynamics of true growth in greater union with God and in contemplative prayer,they hesitate to advance. Year after year there is little change in their oneness with God and neighbor. This teaching is intended tobe an encouragement to all of you readers of INSCAPE to seek out and follow the solid teachings that have consistently c...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
CONTEMPLATION AS LOVING ATTENTIVENESS [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

CONTEMPLATION AS LOVING ATTENTIVENESS Wherever I go to lecture on prayer or to preach retreats,l meet serious Christians whom God evidently is leading beautifully into the beginning stages of anew manner of prayer that St. John of the Cross simply calls "contemplation." Yet such persons,due to a lack of capable spiritual directors or adequate teaching on the beginning steps into contemplative prayer,tend to become anxious and confused about their level of prayer. Most of these well-intentioned persons,who already have spent some years in disciplined time of meditative prayer,continually ask common questions that show how perplexed they are and how they eagerly seek solid guidance. One common question asked is: "But am I really praying? I no longer seem to be doing anything. Nothing seems to be happening. And,besides, I have much aridity. There are lots of distractions and I feel as though I am wasting my time. Should I not go back to my usual type of meditation on Scriptures?" Perha...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
MEDITATION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

MEDITATION If beginners, of contemplation are entering into anew manner of praying,we must see clearly from where are they coming. Meditation in the normal meaning among Catholic teachers on prayer refers to the manner of discursively praying out teachings from Scripture or from the teachints of the Church or the lives of Saints. Most Christians begin to know God by means of a disciplined form of discursive prayer. This usually consists in taking a page from Scripture, a scene from the Old or New Testament. We go through it,reading it slowly,pondering its meaning. With our imagination, memory,understanding and will we arrive at some affective presence to God. Our faith,trust and love grow slowly over months and years of such meditation. As the Holy Spirit infuses these gifts into our hearts,we are able to move from the given text to the presence ofGod and His divine action. The things,especially,that Jesus said and did,as recorded in the New Testament,become experienced in this mome...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
A YIELDING PRESENCE [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

A YIELDING PRESENCE As you move into this simple presence of Jesus Christ,there is a great peace and quietude that cover you. Often intense affections surge up with ardent longings to be more intimately united with Him and the Heavenly Father. The consolations in this period of your prayer life can be strong and attractive. God seems to be everywhere,even outside of yourperiod of concentrated prayer alone with God. A global presence of Jesus Christ surrounds you and you begin to find Him in the world around you,in places and persons where you had never "seen" Him before. You begin to yield with greater susceptibility to His loving presence. Your aggressive activity both in prayer and in your daily actions takes on a gentleness and docility to the indwelling presence of God,both within yourself and within all of creation around you. There is a 11 1 ell ing" ®Bf your power and anew sens it ivit y, a new listening to God's presence and loving activity around you. You seem to be living ...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
A MOVEMENT TOWARD CONVERSION [Newspaper Article] — Inscape — 1 January 1987

A MOVEMENT TOWARD CONVERSION St. John of the Cross describes how God usually draws a person into contemplative prayer by what he calls "an enkindling with longings of love." He writes: The love of one's Spouse is not the only requisite for conquering the strength of the sensitive appetites; and enkindling with longings of love is also necessary. For the sensory appetites are moved and attracted toward sensory objects with such cravings that if the spiritual part of the soul is not fired with other more urgent longings for spiritual things,the soul will neither be able to overcome the yoke of nature nor enter the night of sense;nor will it have the courage to live in the darkness of all things by denying its appetites for them (Ascent;Bk.f;l4,2) . If meditation is the spiritual activity of the beginner,then the "longings of love" represent how the soul is acted upon. The two go to together form a harmonious unity best described as sensible spirituality or sensible religious experienc...

Publication Title: Inscape
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
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