Rather than start another blog I think I can use the Thoughts Illustrated blog to journal my recently inagurated search for spiritual discernment.
The impetus for the search comes from two primary sources.
- the recognition of the need for an end game to address the issues of the last part of life, especially those that arise from Ginny's cancer and also those that effect me as I "grow" older.
- the eposure to Ignation spritiuality from the initial spark of the commencement speech at Melissa's graduation from Santa Clara in June, where the operative theme was For Others.
Consciousness Examen by George Aschenbrenner, SJ – IgnatianSpirituality.com
The Examen is a form of prayer designed to increase your spiritual discernment in a twice daily review of the ongoing process of your life .
I have tried to get going with the Examen, knowing that it requires a faith in God that I do not at present possess. But it appears to be a possible pathway for developing the spiritual element of my "end game". We shall see.