Consoling Love – Ignatian Spirituality


Mary Magdalene at tomb with Jesus behind her

This put up relies on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Journey.

Within the film, Metal Magnolias, a well-known scene takes place in a cemetery the place the mom M’Lynn is surrounded by her 4 good pals simply after she’s buried her solely daughter. M’Lynn exclaims, “I don’t suppose I can take this. I simply wish to hit any person until they really feel as unhealthy as I do.” Her pals alternate a fearful look. They’ll see that her grief is teetering on the sting of despair, and so Clairee grabs Ouiser from behind by the shoulders, locations her squarely in entrance of M’Lynn, and says, “Right here, hit this. Go forward, M’Lynn, slap her.”

The chums are astonished. They attempt to coax her to cease. Ouiser tries to wrestle herself freed from Clairee’s grip whereas Clairee tries to inform Ouiser that she lastly has one thing that she will be able to do for her fellow human. M’Lynn stands there staring together with her mouth open, clearly unable to make sense of the state of affairs. Lastly, Clairee winks at all of them, they usually break into laughter.

Every part that we’ve carried out on this Ignatian Prayer Journey has introduced us to this place the place we are able to take a look at how love modifications or resurrects us. We ponder the Resurrection of Jesus. In John 20, we discover Mary Magdalene within the darkness of early morning, weeping on the entrance of Jesus’ empty tomb. After alerting Peter and one other disciple of her findings, she stays outdoors the tomb, crying.

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Let’s attempt to think about all that Mary Magdalene has simply heard and witnessed: Jesus was arrested, unfairly tried and convicted, humiliated, scourged, overwhelmed, and at last, crucified. Regardless of all she would really feel having somebody that she liked expertise such a brutal finish to life, nonetheless she is concentrated on Jesus.

After the disciples depart, Mary waits outdoors the empty tomb to search out out what has been carried out with Jesus’ physique. Crying, she bends over to look into the tomb as soon as once more, the place she now sees two angels who ask her why she is crying and who she is on the lookout for. Jesus seems, however she doesn’t acknowledge him. Then he calls her by title, and she or he realizes who he’s.

The deep work contained within the Religious Workouts fills us up sufficient that we’re in a position to give again to others. Like the chums in Metal Magnolias and Mary Magdalene, we are able to comply with our brothers and sisters in Christ to the onerous locations and do no matter we are able to to help them of their darkest hours.

When Mary Magdalene returns to the disciples, she exclaims, “I’ve seen the Lord!” As soon as we now have seen our Lord, as he heals, teaches, consists of, consoles, and loves us, we’re modified. And, as soon as we’ve been liked, we’re in a position to love.

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