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February 16, 2006


That one's straight from Ignatius himself, the Exercises paragraph 75, I think. ... well all apart from the smile. Iggy suggests it as a question and a way to enter into prayer:

A step or two away from the place where I will make my contemplation or meditation, I will stand for the length of an Our Father, raising my mind above and considering how God our Lord is looking at me, etc., and make an act of reverence or humility.

It is, I think, one of the most useful little corners of the Exercises. I even managed to write an article on the subject. I like De Mello's nudge to see God smile but it's really exciting to discover each day how God is looking at me this time.

Thanks for that insight Rob, and the article. I'm going to read it tonight.

I've always thought that spiritual exercises such as this one - imagining God beholding us - say a lot about how we see God, and our relationship with God.

A good article, Rob. Thanks for making it available online.

Julian of Norwich uses the word "behold" a lot too. One of the footnotes in my translation says: "Beholding is used here to say more than the word can bear: 'survey with still enjoyment.' Perhaps the mental image to be conjured is a boy gazing with adoration across the room at a girl he knows loves him and she returning his glance with reciprocal love."

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