An Ignatian Pilgrimage Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Virtual Retreat

FAIRFIELD—Daily life looks and feels very different in these unprecedented times but what remains is our desire for God. St. Ignatius reminds us that paying attention to what is happening in our heads and hearts is especially important right now. Through the Spiritual Exercises, we learn that God speaks to us through our feelings, imaginations and desires and those movements of the spirit are discerned through prayer. The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality of Fairfield University invites you to join us for an Ignatian Pilgrimage Retreat beginning next Tuesday, March 24 at 1 pm via Zoom. This virtual journey will begin with a prayer, followed by a short lecture on a concept of Ignatian spirituality followed by a companion prayer exercise designed to deepen our practice of contemplation.

This virtual retreat is open to anyone who is seeking connection at this time of uncertainty and no prior experience of prayer or Ignatian spirituality is necessary!

Week 1—Tuesday, March 24th Presenter: Denis Donoghue, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture l: Introduction to Prayer from The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Introduction to the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
This session will explore how prayer is defined in the Catechism and give a snapshot of the life
of St. Ignatius as an exemplar of conversion. The purpose will be to depict prayer in the context
of an ongoing process of conversion towards intimacy with God.

Prayer Experience: Meditation on Psalm 139.
Psalm 139 is the traditional psalm given during the “disposition days” of the Spiritual Exercises. It illuminates the intimate knowledge and love that God has for us.

Week 11 – Tuesday, March 31st Presenter: Denis Donoghue, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 2: Prayer as Relationship
Lecture two will focus on prayer as mutual love relationship with the living God. It will explore how God created us for relationship and how being in a love relationship with God in prayer forms and restores our being.

Prayer Experience: Guided Meditation
Guided mediation is a precursory exercise to Lectio Divina and Ignatian contemplation. It will instruct participants in how to prepare for prayer and listen for the voice of God entering deeply into a sacred text.

Week 111 – Tuesday, April 7th Presenter: John Murray, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 3: Principle & Foundation
The Principle and Foundation is one of Ignatius’ foundational mediations. It explores the creator/creature relationship and provides participants the opportunity to reflect upon how meaning and prayer coalesce in their lives.

Prayer Experience 3: Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina IS a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word. It does not treat scripture as texts to be studied, but as the living word.

Week IV – Tuesday, April 14th Presenter: John Murray, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 4: Praying with our Sinfulness
Our experience of sin unveils our need to be wholly dependent upon God. Ignatius stresses this vision of sin in the context of the sinful world around us. Lecture 4 will reflect upon how our sinfulness can be prayerfully brought before God to gain a deeper awareness of our human brokenness and fragility.

Prayer Experience 4: Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness

Week V – Tuesday, April 21st Presenter: John Murray, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 5: Discernment of Spirits
The Discernment of Spirits is a hallmark of’ Ignatian Spirituality. This lecture will introduce the concepts of desolation, consolation, and false consolation. The participants will be exposed to the personal ways in which the spirits of light and the spirits of darkness arc the sources behind desolation and consolation.

Prayer Experience 5: Examination of Consciousness
The Examination of Consciousness, also known as the Examen, is the prayer method that undergirds the famous Ignatian maxim: Finding God in all Things. The participants will be taken through a guided Examen to recognize how God has been present and how they have failed to embrace God’s presence during their day.

Week VI – Tuesday, April 28th Presenter: Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 6: Prayer as Journey with Jesus – the Embodiment of Love.
Lecture six will cover the dynamism of’ an intimate relationship with Jesus in prayer. It will explore how this relationship becomes the foundation of our identities as disciples. Emphasis will be given to understanding the call of Jesus in prayer.

Prayer Experience 6: Ignatian Contemplation – imaginative prayer
Ignatian contemplation emerges from the heart of the Spiritual Exercises. It employs the imagination to enter into a Gospel passage with Jesus, This method or prayer brings the Gospel alive in a new and creative fashion.

Week VII – Tuesday, May 5th Presenter: Michael Tunney, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 7: Prayer and Suffering
Lecture seven will introduce the role of prayer in suffering. Participants will learn how prayer facilitates intimacy with God amidst our human suffering. This lecture will bring to light some of the ways that God is present in the depths of our being during times of suffering.

Prayer Experience 7: Journaling (creative expression)
In this prayer experience, participants will learn how Journaling provides access to their interiority and, therefore, is a method of prayer. They will be given the opportunity to journal, write poetry, or use other creative means to express themselves prayerfully.

Week VIII, Tuesday, May 12th Presenter: Paul Rourke, SJ
Prayer Presentation: Marcy Haley
Lecture 8: Prayer and Love
The final lecture will explore the relationship between prayer and love. Prayer though often an Inward experience, ideally always leads us outward to love others. This session will develop the notion that all true love is rooted in Christ and flows out of us as love of neighbor.

Prayer Experience 8: The Suscipe – Contemplation to Attain God’s Love
The prayer entitled the Suscipe is about love. As Ignatius introduces the prayer he says that love is better expressed in actions than words. Second, love is about what Ignatius calls a “mutual sharing of goods.” Love, in other words, move us to give to the one we love.

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When: Mar 24, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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