Discernment, Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises

When we suffer with experiences of panic and immense fear, nothing seems stable. It is as if we are on a rocky mountain edge and it is crumbling beneath our feet. During this prayer, it is important that you do what is best for you. Keep your eyes...
A bench at sunset.
It was a neat and tidy little cottage on a large plot of land deep in the country, surrounded by fields as far as the eye could see. Whilst it had no mains drainage, gas or electricity supply and the water came from a well in the yard it was a warm...
A beekeeper and beehive
One of the lovely things about our recent warm weather and longer evenings was the opportunity for evening walks with some of the people I am closest to. This gives me a sense of peace in my soul, which I could not be more grateful for. Not that...
The cross on a church roof on a summer evening
Just the other day, as I was again on my bike the thought came to mind; That road sign, and in effect the child who it is protecting, is to me like God’s gentle nudge to slow down, be present and notice life around me. It reminds me to listen and...
A sign which says Deaf Child
St Ignatius of Loyola How do you let God's love for you and your love for God shape your life?
A woman sitting on a beach. Text: Lord, what do I want, what can I want, apart from you?   St Ignatius of Loyola
Motorway improvements are always a mixed blessing; quite apart from the disruption caused by the roadworks you have the problem of negotiating the new layout. Having got lost yet again, when I thought I was on top of the situation, I realised that I...
A road leading into the distance, at sunset in Scotland
'How exciting!' I said to my husband. 'It's not a kestrel. I'm not sure what it is, but at least it's not a kestrel!' I've seen kestrels so many times next to motorways I was about as excited as you'd be if you saw a feral pigeon in London. This, I...
A kestrel hovering
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