wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
a deeper response to our life in God.”
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
In November 1998, Banu and I made a retreat at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado. This was our first interaction with practitioners of Ignatian spirituality. (That is, Jesuits!) It wasn’t until several years later that I discovered that Ignatius’ feast day is 31 July. In his book, The Spiritual Exercises, he includes a section entitled “Discerning the Spirits.” His use of the word “spirits” reflects a medieval concept; today, we would say “inclinations.”
Ignatius can still guide us in our decisions as we consider that “Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of God’s life in me.”