The Taser's Edge


All us catholics (emphasis on c)
October 8, 2006, 12:16 am
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Come, come, let us go on a Catholic bender, you and I together. If that’s offensive, I just mean, “Let’s you and I both get drunk as we inhale deeply of the fumes wafting up from this ancient and fiery river that we call the Roman Catholic church.” Better, huh?
 
To wit:
 
I recently began to read The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. It contains meditations to be used in private prayer life (and specifically on retreats), often consisting of trying to place oneself in a given Scriptural landscape, or perhaps of a series of questions designed to dig inward, into subconscious thoughts and motives. To me, it distinctly parallels psychoanalysis.
 
Anyway, I haven’t really done any of the exercises because the first page is warm molasses on my eyes (that is, sweet, and it slows them down):
 
Anima Christi (“Soul of Christ”)
 
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesu, hear me;
Within Thy wounds hide me;
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee;
From the malignant enemy defend me;                    
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me come to Thee,
That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.
 
 
 
Even typing this prayer calms me somehow (the multiple spaces above are room to breathe after it), brings me into the peace and rest of the Lord. “Inebriate me…Within thy wounds, hide me”—these are the lines that make me stop and listen. Good poetry, good prayer like this, makes you chew.

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