St. Ignatius is known for his practice of regularly reflecting on God’s presence in the daily humdrums. He taught his students a series of regular “examens,” as they were called. He wrote out a whole program for a 30 or so day examen. For two years we’ve been practicing a modified form of examen with session. at the end of our meeting we take time to ask ourselves and one another: Where or how did [...]
I don’t know if I heard it from someone, or made it up myself, but I have often thought of education as a process of discerning our gifts to the community. In fact the degrees that we earn are themselves a gift to the community, and attempts to make the community better by discerning our own values and purposes within the context of that system.
But how the education system has turned inward, just a [...]