Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life - Virtue of the month.

SEEL Portland would like to offer an Ignatian “virtue of the month” in honor of our patron and founder of the Society of Jesus.

The Spiritual Exercises, composed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, are an experience first and foremost. The Exercises are also a powerful expression of prayer, a way of deepening

an ever-growing relationship with our loving Creator God and Creation, and a pathway to discernment in our everyday life. As we grow in our relationship with God, with others, with creation, we are also invited to grow in virtue.

December – the virtue of Faith

“Here is how the three Divine persons gazed on the whole surface …of the world, full of people…they decide in their eternity that the Second Person should become a human being, in order to save the human race. And thus, when the fullness of time had come, they sent the angel St. Gabriel to Our Lady.” Spiritual Exercise 102

As the infant Jesus, God becomes approachable!

As we contemplate the Annunciation and Incarnation, we are invited to ponder the mystery of the virtue of Faith. Faith is “both an attitude of heart and an act of surrender and assent.” (Gerald Fagin, SJ - Putting on the Heart of Christ)

Mary is the model of Faith, of the generous and trusting “YES” without any certainty about the faith journey’s outcome. How are we called to say “YES” as we join Mary and, with Faith, trust the call to be a part of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus?