Historian John W. Padberg, a Jesuit for 77 years, died on Christmas Day 2021. Might he relaxation in peace.
Fr. Padberg was celebrated in his lifetime with a set of essays by Jesuits he impressed, together with William A. Barry, SJ; John W. O’Malley, SJ; David L. Fleming, SJ; and Michael J. Buckley, SJ. In Fr. Padberg’s reminiscence, we share this excerpt from Spirit, Fashion, Story: Essays Honoring John W. Padberg, SJ.
I spotted that discerning the spirits requires an act of religion. One of many retreatants had acknowledged early and fairly brazenly that she hated retreats. I requested her why she continued to make them if this was the case. She stated, “As a result of non secular should.” She might pray in brief durations, she stated, however the thought of spending an hour at a time in prayer despatched her right into a tizzy. On the identical time, she desired to expertise the presence of God. The will was sturdy sufficient to carry tears to her eyes as she spoke of it. Nonetheless, she didn’t have a lot hope that her need could be fulfilled.
Once I requested her what she favored to do, she instructed me that she loved listening to music, doing puzzles, and going for walks within the woods. I steered that she spend the day doing these issues with the need that God make his presence felt. She was afraid that she would really feel responsible if she spent her retreat time on this method; it didn’t seem to be prayer. Over the following day or so I prevailed on her to provide enjoyment a strive. She later recounted that on the night of the third day she stated to herself with fun, “I’m truly having fun with this retreat.” She additionally had the sense that God could be having fun with it too. However the guilt emotions didn’t disappear; she nonetheless felt that this might not be the best way an excellent retreat ought to go. Throughout the session after this present day we seemed on the two completely different experiences: the enjoyment of the retreat and the sentiments of guilt. I then requested her, “Which of those experiences are you going to consider in?” At that second I had the perception that the discernment of the spirits is just not full till it leads to an act of religion. I thanked her for serving to me to reach at this readability.
—William A. Barry, SJ, excerpted from Spirit, Fashion, Story: Essays Honoring John W. Padberg, SJ
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