The Word Among Us

January 2005 Issue

It’s All about Love

Exploring the Power of Forgiveness

By: Marie Schwan, C.S.J

I can't pray anymore. It's like there's a wall between me and God."

The statement came from a woman I was guiding through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (I'll call her Anna), and it was somewhat puzzling. Prayer had been coming so easily as Anna moved through her first weeks of meditation on God's love.

"Are you sick?" I asked her. "Or are you having some difficulty in your relationships with other people?" Problems in these areas can sometimes...

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