Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo (Foundress of the Religious of the Virgin Mary)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Contemplation – in – action

THE deep story of Mother Ignacia is distinctively Marian and Ignatian in character. Her response to God’s call was both inspired by Mary’s posture of radical openness and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s vibrant apostolic service. These two aspects are expressed in contemplation-in-action. Our Ignacian spirituality is Marian-Ignatian. In discernment, we seek to find God’s will and respond to it courageously by a deep involvement and creative participation in the mission of Jesus.

Contemplation-in-action is our being one with God. Our very existence is from Him and in Him. This oneness involves the deepest possible communion with God and solidarity with our brothers and sisters. It is also oneness with all of creation because everything is in God.


Coming alive to the awareness of God’s presence in us and everything will bring us to the healing of the division between two polarities: sacred and secular. All human experiences become religious if we find God in all things and in all activities.

William Barry, S.J. (2002) defines the spirituality of contemplation-in-action as spirituality of life-giving and creative tensions.

The experience of contemplation-in-action is possible only when we have a discerning love. The tools of discernment: prayers, spiritual exercises, awareness examen, spiritual direction, and self-abnegation are helps toward greater interior sensitivity to recognize the various movements and influences of both good and evil within us. These tools help us to move toward greater interior freedom that enables us to find God in all things.

Contemplation-in-action means being perceptive, sensitive, keen, and alert to all of realities. It is here where we can recognize and discover God’s ways of communicating with us and where he wants to lead us. Finding God in all things opens us to discover God’s will in the concrete day to day situations and activities. We are called to seek and do His will at every moment of the day, where His greater glory could best be served. His call will enable us to respond more concretely to the needs and situations of our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor.

(Excerpts from the Book “Inspired by the Spirit” by M. Maria Evelyn Aguilar, RVM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 16, 2014.


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