Moments to Remember: Ignatian Wisdom for Aging

Moments to Remember: Ignatian Wisdom for Aging

by Carol Ann Smith


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This book offers a faith perspective for reflection upon the experience of aging, drawing especially upon the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It provides the reader with a context for understanding their spiritual journey and a variety of reflection questions aimed at deepening their gratitude and hope. The book uses poetry and quotations of well-known people to affirm the reader's reflection process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565485747
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 06/25/2015
Pages: 209
Sales rank: 788,033
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

With a shared love of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Sr. Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ and Fr. Eugene Merz, SJ have collaborated in ministry to various groups with the hope of empowering leaders with the wisdom of the Ignatian tradition of Christian spirituality.
While ministering at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University, Sr. Carol Ann and Fr. Merz, co-authored two books. Moment By Moment: A Retreat In Everyday Life, (2000) and Finding God In Each Moment: The Practice of Discernment in Everyday Life (2005). Both books have been used in a variety of ways by individuals, married couples and communities as well as in settings such as educational institutions, parishes, retreat centers, prisons, CLC groups and by spiritual directors.

Table of Contents

Dedication v

Preface xi

Suggestions for Using This Book xv

Part I As Years Unfold: A Glance at the Journey 1

Owning the Transition 6

Collecting What Has Been 10

Gratitude 13

Learning to Wait for the Spirit to Lead 16

Longing and Wishing that Things were Different 19

Reality Factors 22

Possibility of Newness 25

Embracing the Ordinary as My Place in the World 28

Transformation of Self 31

The Real Questions 34

In God's Time and in God's Own Way 37

A New Person with a New Vision 40

Part II Ignatian Wisdom For Living 43

Remembering and Imagining 43

Colloquy: A Conversation In Prayer 57

Discernment: Spirit-Filled Memories and Choices 64

Part III The Seasons: The Parables Of Our Lives 73

Entering the Seasons 73

Spring Seasons of My Life 83

1 Making Way for the New 84

2 Awareness and Wonder 86

3 Grounded in God's Peace 89

4 The Gift of Companionship 92

5 Letting Go 95

6 New Growth Among the Weeds 98

Summer Seasons of My Life 103

1 Energy and Activity 104

2 Ordinary Days Made New 107

3 Rituals and Celebrations 110

4 A Growing Friendship 113

5 Hidden in the Ordinary 116

6 Quiet Time 119

Autuman Seasons of My Life 123

1 Surrender 124

2 The Gift of Friendship 126

3 May Faithful Friends Have Departed 129

4 Brisk Winds 132

5 Travel Plans 135

6 Saving Daylight Time 138

Winter Seasons of My Life 143

1 Advent Hope 144

2 Holiday Times 147

3 Traditions and Surprises 150

4 Mounds of Snow and "Stuff" 153

5 Frozen in Place and Iced Over 156

6 Mystery and Gift 159

Part IV Sharing Your Story 163

Suggestions for Prayer 167

Suggestions for Conversation 168

Possible Further Uses for Group Conversation 169

Endnotes 173

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