Discipleship and Consolation

Each year when the Conference of Catholic Legal Thought gathers, we take some time for spiritual reflection in addition to our daily celebrations of Mass. This year I led the session, which invited us to reflect a bit on our discipleship and our experiences of consolation during the past year. The period included a brief talk, time for individual reflection and then some small group sharing of our prayer experience.

This podcast is based on the talk I gave during the session. I start by talking a little about our motivation for discipleship – what it was that prompted the disciples to give up everything to follow Jesus and what prompts us to accept God’s invitation to co-labor with him. Then, using examples from the writing of Thomas Merton and C.S. Lewis, I talk about the characteristics of consolation, which St. Ignatius describes as an interior movement aroused int he soul “by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord, and as a consequence, can love no creature on the face of the earth for its own sake, but only in the Creator of them all.” The last part of the podcast is an invitation to your own individual reflection on your experiences of consolation.

You can stream the podcast (which runs for 17:07) from the icon below or can download it from here. (Remember that you can now also subscribe to Creo en Dios! podcasts on iTunes.)