Silence. For five days.
A Loyola Marymount University contingent of 30 students and 10 staff members took Dec. 18 to 22, 2009, to develop their spiritual resources by participating in the annual Silent Retreat. The retreat is inspired by the Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th century founder of the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus.
“I was impressed that young people would take time after a busy semester to spend some time in quiet and prayer,” said James Erps, S.J., director of Campus Ministry.
The retreat touches on some aspects of the Spiritual Exercises, the underpinning of Ignatian spirituality. The students at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Malibu, Calif., spent the five days in a directed retreat. They were paired with staff members who advised the students, who also spent much time on their own in prayer. The full Spiritual Exercises make up a 30-day course of prayer, reflection and meditation, including an examination of one’s conscience. They guide practitioners in ways to arrive at decisions in freedom and on approaches to meditation, toward a deeper relationship with God and a clearer understanding of God’s will.
The Silent Retreat has been a feature of the university’s Campus Ministry since the late 1970s, Erps said, adding that the retreat helps students develop skills for the spiritual life that can be used in everyday circumstances.
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Posted Dec. 28, 2009