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Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, Part 23

Mar. 2, 2016 - The Road to Calvary

Week Three of the Spiritual ExercisesWe now enter the third “Week”, or major phase of the Spiritual Exercises, in which we pray with the passion of Christ. In the second Week, we asked for the grace to know Jesus more intimately, to love him more dearly, and to follow him more closely. This love leads us to be with Jesus in his suffering. In this third Week, we focus on being with Jesus in his suffering and less on the “doing” of the second Week, where we accompanied Jesus on his active ministry. A certain stillness pervades this Week. We keep our eyes on Jesus and avoid any intense self -examination or weighing of values, as we have done in prior weeks.

The grace we pray for is to “ask for sorrow, regret, and confusion because the Lord is going to his Passion for my sins” (Spiritual Exercises, 193).

During this calendar week, pray any or all of the following scripture passages:

Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem)

Matthew 26:7-30 (Last Supper)

John 13:1-17 (washing of feet at Last Supper)

Matthew 26:36-46 or Luke 22:39-46 (agony in the garden)

After reflecting on the Scripture passages, enter into a colloquy (conversation) with Jesus, speaking as one friend to another. You might express words of sorrow, confusion, compassion, regret, fear, anticipation – whatever moves you.

- Adapted from “The Ignatian Adventure” by Kevin O’Brien, SJ (Loyola Press)