Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
• All the readings together
• Acts 19:1-8
• Psalm 68
• John 16:29-33
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Who is at IPF today:
• 169 seminarians in the 10-week Summer Program of Spiritual Formation
• 56 priest spiritual directors serving as spiritual directors during the seminarians' 8-day silent retreat
• 9 seminary professors in the Retreat for Seminary Faculty
Today is the third full day of the seminarian's eight-day silent retreat. Lots happening here; however, it's all being painted on the canvas of silence and one on one spiritual direction. Tonight's conference will offer encouragements in regards to the importance of bringing everything into the light when the seminarians are speaking with God or their spiritual director.
"[The enemy] conducts himself as a false lover in wishing to remain secret and not be revealed. For a dissolute man who, speaking with evil intention, makes dishonorable advances to a daughter of a good father or a wife of a good husband, wishes his words and persuasions to be secret, and the contrary displeases him very much, when the daughter reveals to her father or the wife to her husband his false words and depraved intention, because he easily perceives that he will not be able to succeed with the undertaking begun. In the same way, when the enemy of human nature brings his wiles and persuasions to the just soul, he wishes and desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one reveals them to one’s good confessor or to another spiritual person, who knows his deceits and malicious designs, it weighs on him very much, because he perceives that he will not be able to succeed with the malicious undertaking he has begun, since his manifest deceits have been revealed."
— Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, no. 326
Psalm 139:1-16 ... ask God to show you what needs to be brought to the light.
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