“To reflect is the beginning of wisdom.” – Larry Gillick, SJ.
Reflection is integral to Ignatian spirituality, and St. Ignatius envisioned spirituality as choosing “what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” Through reflection, we can unpack major experiences, become aware of God’s presence, practice gratitude, and notice important patterns in our own emotions and responses to God’s plan. To kick start your own reflection experience, consider using Saint Ignatius’s Examen.
In the context of service and justice experiences, reflection is the integrating process that helps make meaning of these experiences by placing them in dialogue with the other parts of our lives. The SCSJ’s Praxis Spiral model encourages us to act, reflect upon these actions, then bring this reflection to our future actions. In this way, intentional reflection can be a powerful tool for personal growth. We are glad to share some of our students’ reflections as they experience this cycle of experience and reflection.