Our deeply engrained images and metaphors for God affect our perception of who God is. What if we challenged them?
My name is Andy Otto. For two and a half years I was a Jesuit in the Society of Jesus. It has informed and transformed my life. I have a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology. I love travelling, swing dancing, Disney, and have lived in Boston, New York, DC, Jamaica, and Orlando.
Ignatius was quick to name tears as a sign of consolation, but it’s not the only indicator of spiritual movement.
We’re quick to take action without first listening—really listening—to reality. There is a Truth that underlies all of reality, which we can only find in the pause and in the silence.
How do we introduce Ignatian spirituality to children? I speak with Jared Boyd, author of Imaginative Prayer: A Yearlong Guide for Your Child’s Spiritual Formation. Oh, and there’s a guided meditation at the end.
Why are we so geocentric when we think of God’s creation? How does God gaze upon other civilisations in the universe?
This question, in the Ignatian sense, moves us toward the love of God.
The Bible doesn’t say “Jesus loves you,” but God’s love is shown more often in deeds and actions than in words.
God is often seen as “separate”, a mighty “king” in the clouds. Ignatian spirituality can help us break down this monarchical image.
How is God involved in our lives? Are coincidences just providence in disguise? I believe God’s hand works through the natural flow of our lives and free responses to God’s invitation.