Why Philosophy makes sense for my faith?

I am not going to give a number of reasons to elaborate the title, but share one of my experience.

As a Jesuit, examination of consciousness (commonly called as CE) is the most important prayer of the day. Towards the end of the day (or any time), you try to become conscious of God who was present in your daily life. You try to recall the experiences of the day, and you could sense the presence of God in many occasions of the life (if not all). This directly follows from the climax meditation of 4 weeks spiritual exercises of St Ignatius. Finding God in all things (as I understand) is the fruit of the entire Spiritual Exercises. Finding God in the temporal and spatial dimensions of our life, in the daily monotonous stuff.

Examination of consciousness (CE) helps us to appropriate and grow in fruit of Spiritual Exercise, which is finding God in all things.

How my philosophy has helped me to appropriate it a little more. Though I believed all those things, I was lazy many a times to do the CE. I was having a course on Heidegger (one of the most influential and most difficult and most interesting philosopher). In the later heideggerian thought, it is the reality revealing to you and you are giving voice to that revelation of the reality. It seems a little mystical or poetic thought. (He never brings God directly into all his discussions). This is a thought which could see so-called apparent contradictions like presence & absence, revealing & concealing, theory & practice together. (Many poets, artists and mystics have done so for ages).

The quote on the top is quite interesting. We only think about what is present, not about what is absent (or what is not so explicit). Creative thinkers (could be anyone including a simple ordinary person) around the centuries have surely seen or heard or listened to what is explicitly absent. Ignatius loyola too was one such thinker. CE was one such attempt to help people see what is absent. My professor would say, “Giving a thought to what is absent makes it present”. Or probably what is apparently absent as we don’t give a thought to it. I will end with a cautionary quote in the next image.

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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