this point onward, I depart from the format of a running commentary that
I used in the preceding chapters. By the time directees reach this point
on their Exercises journey, they have begun to move far more uniquely than
either in the preliminary or in the latter phases of the Exercises. The
following image will help to explain this.
people enter some of the more interesting national parks of North America,
they approach through gates leading to an initial area with a communication
centre welcoming them to the park. Larger parks may have a central pavilion
here to help visitors become familiar with the park. Information is available
about parking areas, picnic areas, washrooms, telephones, hiking paths
and other features.
people who want to hike, several unique paths are usually laid out. Some
paths are straightforward and leisurely. Other paths wind around a variety
of landforms. Other paths present greater challenges -- close to high banks
of a river or through a densely wooded area. Some paths might lead through
some parks, past a mid-point along the way, these paths converge on some
interesting feature. After this point, the paths may become fewer in number
leading away as they circle around the park and end quite close to the
point where the paths initially began. By analogy, the Exercises journey
is like a journey through such a national park.
Second Week is like a section of the park with different paths with their
special features corresponding to the unique needs of the hikers. As the
Week ends and moves into the Third and Fourth Weeks, the Exercises become
like the last portion of our park. The exercise, Contemplation To Gain
Love, is like the return to a point close to the entrance.
until now, each chapter with its practical comments coincided with one
prayer unit. From this point, I continue the practical comments but with
a different format. Each chapter now deals with a cluster of prayer units
indicated in the chapter heading. Then at those points in the commentary
that a new prayer unit is likely to fit, I indicate the new unit and its
general content in a box.
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