Fiery Friday with the DesertFisher

I forgot this, even in my prayer this morning, reminded only after I read CWW’s Daily Reading mail – that today is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, widely known as the Founder of the Jesuit Order. My hope and prayers for all children of God inspired by this man of vision and mission, a man on fire for God.

I scrolled down the mail and got to the commentary part written by no other than Pope Benedict XVI himself. With a mind like his, I need to have that gentle resolve at hand to read unhurriedly, unlike one of those blog post replies. I feel the Papal fire, the love for Jesus I can’t help but spread it in return. Thank you CWW. Reading without hurrying – it’s one way of being gentle with my hungry spirit. Here’s the quote:

“Because of their lack of faith”

“Some recent theologians are of the opinion that the fire which both burns
and saves is Christ himself, the Judge and Saviour. The encounter with him
is the decisive act of judgement. Before his gaze all falsehood melts away.
This encounter with him, as it burns us, transforms and frees us, allowing
us to become truly ourselves. All that we build during our lives can prove
to be mere straw, pure bluster, and it collapses. Yet in the pain of this
encounter, when the impurity and sickness of our lives become evident to
us, there lies salvation. His gaze, the touch of his heart heals us through
an undeniably painful transformation «as through fire». But it is a blessed
pain, in which the holy power of his love sears through us like a flame,
enabling us to become totally ourselves and thus totally of God.
In this way the inter-relation between justice and grace also becomes
clear: the way we live our lives is not immaterial, but our defilement does
not stain us for ever if we have at least continued to reach out towards
Christ, towards truth and towards love. Indeed, it has already been burned
away through Christ’s Passion. At the moment of judgement we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves. The pain of love becomes our salvation and our joy.”

Pope Benedict XVI
Encyclical « Spe Salvi », 47 (© copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

fire

————–

Photo credit: Honey 77

9 thoughts on “Fiery Friday with the DesertFisher

  1. yes,it is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola today.. we have no classes.. weeeee…. hehehehe… hmmmm…. one teaching from him is the Ingatian praying method… you use your senses in communicating to God… hehehehe… that’s all i know about him and i thank you for adding info on my little knowledge.. weeee…🙂

    Hi Patola – hehe may knowledge ba kaagad na nadagdag…I’m glad you came by. Sino fave saint mo pala?

  2. happy Feast day of St. Ignatius! Galing pa lang ako sa Loyola High School dito sa Olutanga Island, Zamboanga Sibugay. Natuwa ako sa school na ito. perhaps this is the most interesting school na napuntahan ko. Founder Jesuits. Principal Dominican sisters. Priest incharge – SVD. Official school uniform color — GREEN!!!

    Hahaha – this is funny Pads! Come the month of October and everybody bets the SVD rules: “Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord SVD,” hehe…

  3. ang ganda naman ng sinabi ni Pope Benedict XVI

    1. “This encounter with him, as it burns us, transforms and frees us, allowing us to become truly ourselves.”

    2.”At the moment of judgement we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves. The pain of love becomes our salvation and our joy.”

    Thanks for sharing this to us..

  4. Welcome and thank you for re-broadcasting this message here today kapatid… I undertimed for two hours kanina, and I was hurrying in sending the daily Gospel, marami kasi akong mga officemates na nangungulit dati pag nagpadala ako ng Gospel after 9AM kasi natatabunan ng ibang mails at di na nababasa…

    I read his commentary a few hours after I sent the email… At talagang napakaganda ng reflection ni Pope Benedict XVI, especially the last two lines…🙂

  5. Ray Tapajna Chronicles has dedicated a site for reviewing and exploring Pope Benedict’s – Charity is truth – economic ethics ecyclical. Note: Urgent need to know what encyclical means by – … an urgent need for a true world political authority.. since the new world order was announced by the elder President Bush with its connotation open to many interpretations. The common lay man also needs further clarification of the terms subsidiarity and dispersing related to the above. See http://tapsearch.com/pope-benedict-economic-encyclical/id8.html
    We also have a site dedicated to exploring philosophy and religion in the global economic arena at http://www.therationale.com ( list of our sites at http://linkbun.ch/aztb )

  6. Nakalimot nako… santo pa naman na sa akong alma mater… pag fiesta namo mejo dungan sa seminary sa ako manghod… hapit ata pud kay St John Vianney di ba… St. Ignatius has been one of my favorite saints especially because my spirituality was formed by the Jesuits teachings “to be men and women of others..” “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” ug “Fortes in Fide..” and of course the prayer for generosity…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s