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It is hardly surprising that people of sincere conscience occasionally find themselves in serious disagreement with the prescriptions of “the law”—the allowance of capital punishment and procured abortion, the conduct of wars, the treatment of immigrants, etc.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Second Week: Meditation on Three Kinds of Humility
A Meditation on Two Standards asked us to choose for or against Jesus and his work on behalf of the kingdom of God. Presuming we have opted for Jesus, Ignatius offers two additional meditations during the Second Week, Three Kinds of People and Three Kinds of Humility
A crucial component of Catholic thinking is the fundamental concept of the common good. The Catechism, following Pope Saint John XXIII in Mater et Magistra and Vatican II, defines the common good as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Second Week: A Meditation on Three Kinds of People
Presuming we have opted for Jesus, Ignatius offers two additional meditations during the Second Week, Three Kinds of People and Three Kinds of Humility. They are intended to help us recognize the depth of our commitment to active discipleship with Jesus. This article addresses the meditation on Three Kinds of People.
The clearest statement on taxes and their morality came in the US Bishops’ pastoral on Economic Justice for All. The bishops urged that, “The tax system should be continually evaluated in terms of its impact on the poor.”
A Meditation on Two Standards is the peak moment of the Exercises. It is in this exercise that Ignatius asks us to choose between two foundational stances towards life: The Standard of Satan or The Standard of Christ. In opting for one we will find ourselves in direct opposition to, and in conflict with, the other.