A WALK ON CHRIST THE REDEEMER
I’ve been off the Grid over the past few days but with the Olympics still on the minds and in the hearts of many, I could not resist posting this short video. It’s a Pirelli Commercial but looking at it with different eyes it’s also more than a thrilling ad.
Watch the powerful images of workers, working at an altitude of 30 metres, as they restore the lightening-damaged statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the symbols of Rio de Janeiro, the city where the recent olympic games were held.
Being a Jesuit, I could not resist linking this short clip to the Ignatian mind-set, a way of proceeding that is strongly inclined to reflection and self-examination.
The distinctive Ignatian prayer is the Daily Examen, a gentle review of the day’s unfolding with an eye toward detecting and responding to the presence of God. Three challenging, reflective questions lie at the heart of the Spiritual Exercises, the book Ignatius wrote, to help others deepen their spiritual lives:
- What have I done for Christ?
- What am I doing for Christ?
- What ought I do for Christ?
And if you find these questions too abstract and perhaps difficult to imagine, consider these three questions:
- What have I done for my neighbour?
- What am I doing for my neighbour?
- What ought I do for my neighbour?
Read the full story about the video here