Archive for Ignatian Spirituality

The Ecological Examen

carver2-beachEntering a new world of Ignatian contemplation

Joseph P. Carver, S.J. Along the coast of Oregon at the Nestucca Wildlife Sanctuary, there are old-growth Sitka Spruce over 500 years old. I imagine that they were around when St. Ignatius was a boy, and I feel connected to him through these soaring wonders. Sitting at the base of these towering creatures has long been one of my favorite places to pray. As I stare out at the Pacific from this sanctuary, I can easily follow Ignatius’ advice to find God in all things—especially in creation.

The social apostolate focuses on ecology

day6_rio+20_story4_foto-225x300On the second week of June, the annual meeting of the social delegates of the Conference of Latin America and Caribe took place in Buenos Aires.  It was cold autumn at that time.  There were around 30 people coming from the Jesuit provinces in Latin America.  Among them there were the coordinators of the networks for indigenous peoples, Fe y Alegría and the Jesuit Service for Refugees and Migrants (SJR–SJM).  A few persons from funding agencies that collaborate with the provinces also accompanied them.

The following week in Rio de Janeiro, the directors of social centers from the Latin American Conference gathered, in the context of the Rio+20 Conference and the “Cúpula dos povos” or the Peoples’ Summit, the parallel conference of the social movements.  The number of attendants from Brazilian institutions was especially high.