Within the context of The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius


Moving to Stillness

You may use Moving To Stillness as part of a retreat in the formal sense, or you may be using this book on your own.

Those familiar with the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises, will be used to this, some who are new may not.

The retreat had four sequences - typically called weeks - though in our busy world they may not be whole weeks..

  • The Foundation is that period where we plan something of what we will do, and we make ourselves ready for what is ahead. Some of this is about getting quiet, getting prepared, and getting some of our head in the right space.
  1. Reflection and self examination., An honest reflection of our failures, and successes. Freedom, Love and Purpose helps us to find God in all things, and yet at the same time to recognize that some things are broken.
  2. Turns our attention to the early narratives in the Gospels, including, Birth, Miracles, Healing and Teaching, up till the Transfiguration or Resurrection of Lazarus. We are called to know Jesus, and in that relationship to understand what we want to be.
  3. Focusses on the last week of Jesus Earthly ministry, the Last Supper, the Betrayal and the Crucifixion. The Jesus of the Last Week is both powerful and determined, whilst vulnerable and compassionate, in a world where grace is not cheap, and justice finds its realisation in love.
  4. We spend time reflecting on the Resurrection accounts, what it meant to the disciples, and what it means to us to be sent out to set the world on fire with love for God. We only look back to look up, and we only look up to look forward.

The three major focusses through all these are described as Meditation, Contemplation and Discernment.

Moving To Stillness opens with a segment called foundation. Then the four weeks follow. all positively labelled. Clearly the discipline you exercise with this book will vary from person to person. It is quite reasonable to to some bits ans save some bits for the next time you embark. Whilst in one sense Moving to Stillness is a book, in another very real sense it is a course, a syllabus, a project or a retreat.

Often we ignore the classics because they belong to a former era. Annette has brought all that is timeless into our reality, providing access to things many of us will benefit from. Annette paints with light (the real meaning of the word photograph) and the light it brings to us will help us see more of what is good and noble true.

This is a very Oecumenical Book, and for many of us who see/saw Ignatius and ‘the Pope’s Mr Fix-it’, we will be pleasantly surprised to discover how much he has to offer, and how much we have been missing out on.

Philip Barrington

Looking at our world from two very special elders of our community –
the photography superb, capturing the familiar and known  environment  realising awe and beauty
The writing portraying a wisdom not frequently expressed or discerned  in everyday experiences. Capturing a sense of the God within all creation – especially ourselves. Sophia must be proud!
Judi Powe

May you find Joy, Peace and Purpose, yes and even a Moving to Stillness.