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The Gift of Charism – The Heart of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Anthony Wieck S.J.
Fr. Anthony Wieck and Kris McGregor continue this series centered around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This episode goes into the gift of charism and continues the story of St. Ignatius’ ill-fated journey to the Holy Land.
An excerpt from the conversation:
“Yes, that’s right, many different orders. Saint Francis de Sales founded five different religious branches based on the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. So they’re not unique to the Jesuits. They’re not our property. This charism is diffused in many different ways. But many different orders, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sisters of Loreto that Mother Teresa was part of before she began her own order, were also rooted in the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. So they’re a gift to the church. They’re a gift to the church to help us reorder our lives, to help us find the Lord’s will in our life. For Saint Ignatius, God is a choosing God. He was very enamored… I’ve spoke about the different charisms. But he was very enamored by this God who kept choosing men and women to follow Him, to enter into His company, to be conformed to Him.
So when you read the spiritual exercises, and ponder the various meditations therein that Saint Ignatius composes, you’ll notice how this is a very active Jesus. It’s not so much the preaching Jesus, which would be more appealing to a Dominican charism, the preaching Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount. It’s an active Jesus who goes out and finds people, who moves, who performs these miracles, who’s drawing everyone towards this Jerusalem experience of self-gift and sacrifice. This is a gift given to the whole church though.”
Fr. Anthony Wieck is a Jesuit priest of the Central & Southern province. Sixth of nine children, raised on a farm in Oregon, Fr. Anthony began religious life in 1994, spending his first five years of formation in Rome, Italy, studying at the Casa Balthasar and the Gregorian. The former was under the watchful patronage of Pope Benedict XVI (then-Card. Joseph Ratzinger). Fr. Anthony currently acts as retreat master at White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis, Missouri. He also offers spiritual direction at the St. Louis diocesan seminary for 25 future priests there.